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THE PILGRIM 



VOL, 26 JANUARY, 1979 NO. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



CHRISTIAN, WALK CAREFULLY 
"...Walk as children of light." (Ephesians 5:8) 

Christian, walk carefully, danger is near; 
On in thy journey with trembling and fear* 
Snares from without and temptations within 
Seek to entice thee once more into sin. 
Christian, walk carefully, danger is near. 

Christian, walk cheerfully through the fierce storm; 
Dark though the sky with its threat of alarm. 
Soon will the clouds and the tempest be o r er, 
Then with thy Saviour thou 1 It rest evermore. 
Christian, walk cheerfully through the fierce storm. 

Christian, walk prayerfully, oft wilt thou fall 
If thou forget on thy Saviour to call; 
Safe thou shalt walk through each trial and care, 
If thou art clad in the armor of prayer. 
Christian, walk prayerfully, fear lest thou fall. 

Christian walk hopefully, sorrow and pain 
Cease when the haven of rest thou shalt gain; 
Then from the lips of the Judge thy reward: 
"Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." 
Christian, walk hopefully, rest thou shalt gain. 

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NEW YEAR; A GLEAN PAGE 

A new year! A fresh, clean slate I Is it to us a 
new day of opportunity or simply another day to live 
or to be endured? It is true that the first day of a 
new year is like other clays*, regular and ordinary. 
But it can be profitable to notice this as a special 
time of a new beginning. Actually, each day is this 
way: it is before us, empty and new. I believe God 
would have us possess a freshness of attitude concern- 
ing these beginnings. 

May we consider the. new year before us and compare 
it to a clean sheet of paper. Before I began writing 
on my paper, the page was empty and clean, and as I 
begin to write, the words fill the page and it is no 
more empty, but filled and' used and hard' to use again. 
It is" this way with a new period of time. It stretch- 
es before us as a clean, empty, unused . space . But we 
immediately begin to fill it with cur thoughts, habits 
troubles and joys, victories and defeats. 

Some view this act of living in time as a series oJ 
events entirely beyond our control — inevitable experi-i 
ences that must happen. But our own lives and the 
Word of God both prove this a wrong view. We are 
called again and again to make choices, and we are 
assured that these choices we make set our course in 
life and determine our eternal destiny — all, however, 
within the framework of God's plans and His provisions 
of salvation through Jesus Christ or separation from 
Him. In other words, there is no third or fourth op- 
tion; we choose to serve the Lord or to serve Him not* 
* A further comparison of our new year to a sheet of 
writing paper concerns the content or quality of the 
experiences. Empty writing paper is used in all sort* 
of ways. Some use it to correspond with loved ones — 
to send words of encouragement and messages of love t< 



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those far away — a good use of paper. Some Is used en- 
tirely for business communication — needful perhaps, 
but earthly. Great volumes of paper are used to print 
the news; more volumes to publish fiction and fantasy 
stories that are so in demand today by the worldly- 
minded. A lot of paper is used for the aimless scrib- 
bling and coloring of children before they learn to 
write. Much clean space is- used for art and beauty — 
and even here it can be used for evil or noble pur- 
poses. Without question, the best use of paper has 
been to carry the living Word of God that we may read 
and understand God f s will, His plan of salvation. in 
Jesus Christ and our duty to Him. And undoubtedly the 
worst use would be the writings that are against the 
Word of God and those that turn men to evil and lust. 

For all these purposes, men start with clean sheets,: 
So with our unused year of time stretching before us. 
We begin all together — some with noble purpose; some 
with earthly desires; some with aimless scribbllngs. 
For most of us the time is taken up by a combination 
of pursuits: we vork to make a living; we have high 
points of love and joy with our families and brethren; 
we have times of spiritual renewal and times of de- 
pression and defeat. Some of it may well be beyond 
our control. But the general course is set by our 
choices — the desires and purposes of our Inmost being. 
We long to live close to God and useful in the cause 
of Christ. But I read recently a sobering thought 
though a true one and a great consolation. It said, 
"We are just as close to God at this moment as we 
really wiah to be. 11 This is one area where we can and 
must choose. The book of James particularly assures 
us of this. He writes (4:8); "Draw nigh to God, and 
he will draw nigh to you. Gleanse your hands, ye 
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." 

As with a filled page of writing, time past cannot 
be re-used. Much as we would like to do things oyer 
or have another chance, we cannot. How Important' it 
is that we "redeem the time" and use it to God's glory. 
May our days be filled with words, thoughts and deeds 



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that we won't have to regret- May our lives be like a 
letter of encouragement or even like a page containing 
the Word of God to help others as they live their 
struggles and labors. 

We know that God is keeping a record of our lives. 
Revelation 20:12; "And I saw the dead, small and 
great, stand before God; and the books were opened: 
and. another book was opened, which is the book of life: 
and the dead were judged out of those things which 
were written in the books, according to their works." 
Our confidence is that through Jesus Christ there will 
be blank spaces in the record of our lives where our 
sins are blotted out and remembered against us no more. 
This is a promise to them that come to Jesus, repent 
and be baptized for the remission of sins. May that 
record be clear at the great judgment day, 

As I conclude this writing, the first day of the 
new year is dawning. The "page" -is already partially 
filled. May the "writing" on the page of this year be 
to the glory, praise and honor of our great God and 
Father and our Lord Jesus Christ by the power of His 
Holy Spirit. — L.C. 



PILGRIMS 

"They desire a better country, 

that is, an heavenly." 



All through the history of mankind there has been 
a little band of men, in a sacred and unbroken succes- 
sion, who have confessed that they were pilgrims and 
strangers on the earth. Sometimes they are found afar 
from the haunts of men, wandering in deserts and in 
mountains, dwelling in the dens and caves of the earth 
— to which. they have been driven by those who had no 
sympathy with their other-worldliness, and hated to 
have so strong a light thrown on their own absorption 
in the concerns of the earth and time and sense* But 
very often they are to be found in the market-places 
and homes of men, distinguished only by their Biblical 
dress; their girded loins; their restrained and 



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abstemious appetite; their loose hold on gold; their 
independence of the maxims, and opinions and applause 
of the- world. around; and the' far-away look which now 
and again gleams in their eyes, the certain evidence 
of the affections centered, not on the transitory 
things of time and earth, but on those eternal reali- 
ties which, lying beneath the veil of the visible, are 
only revealed to faith. These are the pilgrims. For 
them the annoyances and trials of life are not so 
crushing or so difficult to bear; because such things 
as these cannot touch their true treasure, or affect 
their real interest. For them the loyalties and glo- 
ries; the honors and rewards; the delights and indul- 
gences of men, have no attraction. They are children 
of a sublimer realm, members of a greater commonwealth, 
burgesses of a nobler city than any upon which the sun 
has ever looked. < . 

The pilgrim has no other desire than to pass quick- 
ly over the appointed .route to his home—a track well 
trodden through all the ages— fulfilling the duties, 
meeting the claims, and discharging faithfully the 
responsibilities devolving upon him, but ever remem- 
bering that here he has no continuing city, and seeks 
one which is to come. 

Bunyan, the immortal dreamer, who has told the 
story, of pilgrims in words which the world should 
never let die, gives three marks of their appearance: 

First: "They were clothed with such kind of- rai- „ 
ment as was diverse from the raiment of any that , . 
traded in that fair. The people, therefore, of ttte . 
fair made a great gazing upon them; some said they - 
were- fools, some, they were bedlams; .and some, they - ~ 
were outlandish men." 

Secondly: "Few could understand what they said, 
they naturally spoke the language of G&naan: but they 
that kept the fair were men of this world; so. that 
from one end of the fair to the other they seemed 
barbarians to each other . " 

Thirdly: "But that which did not a little amus^ 
the merchandizes was, that these pilgrims set very 
light by their wares; they cared not so much as to 



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look upon them, and if they called on them to buy, 

they would put their fingers in their ears, and cry, 

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity, and look 

upwards, signifying that their trade and traffic was 

in heaven." 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and 

pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against 

the soul." 

Selected from The Pearl of Great Price 



THOUGHTS AFTER CHRISTMAS 

Christmas is past and I am wondering how you are feel-* 
ing. Are you happy for all your gifts or wish you would 
have received something different? Did you enjoy all 
the hustle and bustle or did you sigh with relief when 
it was all over? We have been led to feel differently 
about Christmas celebrations and would like to share 
some of our thoughts and feelings with you. 

"What is Christmas that it should have such an effect 
upon the world? Why is it so enthusiastically celebrat- 
ed? How did it begin? And what is the proper way to 
observe this special day? Where in the Bible are to be 
found the answers to these questions? So we begin 
searching the Word, but after we have diligently ex- 
amined every chapter, we fail to find any record or even 
a hint about Christmas... ' We do find a record of the 
birth of Christ. A beautiful and inspiring account is 
found in Matt. 1:18-25 and in Luke 1:26-36 and 2s 1-20. 

"Since these accounts of Christ 1 s birth give no re- 
cord of a date, a Christmas tree, giving of gifts to one 
another, feasting, special foods, and many other prac- 
tices that attend this day, we must assume that they 
have been added at a later date. 

"We find this to be true as we study writings that 
give the starting of these various customs. Concerning 
the date, the tract Modern Paganism states: * Christian 
sanction for the celebration of the birth of Christ in 
December is attributed to Roman Catholicism. From their 
own religious encyclopedias, we quote: "Christmas was 



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not among the earliest festivals of the church. ■ Iren- 
aeus and Tertullian omit, it from their lists of feasts 
... The well known solar feast, however. . .celebrated 
on 25 December, has a strong claim on the responsibil- 
ity for our December date..."' 

n Christmas is spoken of in the 400' s A.D. by Clem- 
ent of Alexandria. December 25th became the adopted 
date by order of Bishop Liberius of Rome. It was noted 
later that this date Is very unrealistic because this 
is during the cold, rainy season in Palestine, and 
shepherds would not have been in the fields. The ear- 
ly church bishops probably chose Dec. 25th because of 
the sun-worshipping Romans 1 feast of the sun or winter 
solstice j which was a celebration of light over darkness^ 

"Concerning the tree, its beginning as a part of 
the festivities is ascribed to the Germans , the Scan- 
dinavians , the Roman heathen, and to an English mis- 
sionary of the 8th century. Regardless of where It 
began, we who are separated from idolatry will have 
no part of it. 

"Probably the most prominent of practices of this 
season is giving. Many feel they experience as the 
Lord Jesus said, 'It is more blessed to give than to 
receive. 1 (Acts 20:35) Let us observe the Scriptural 
pattern of giving. Jesus taught that we should assist 
those from whom we do not expect anything in return. 
Many do this at this time; but who can live on a few 
plates of cookies and some fruit for a whole year? The 
poor need to be cared for all the time. The "spirit 11 
of giving, as it is termed, at this time is not Chris- 
tian. People spend money they don't have on things 
their friends don*t need, and make themselves many a 
heartache in trying to meet the payment s...m 

Selected from The Timely Truth 

I would like to add a few thoughts to the above 
article. The first thing I would like to consider is 
gift-giving. Can it really be right to give someone 
a gift because he is giving me one? Far too often it 
leaves us with a disappointed feeling because it 
wasn T t exactly what we wanted. But we try not to show 



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our disappointment. I have heard children say they 
didn't want "that", so it would be returned for some- 
thing else. Is this teaching the children self-denial? 
Or are we trying to serve God and mannon (money)? 

A gift is not a gift if we expect something in re- 
turn. "Gift" exchanges are merely laying up for our- 
selves on this earth. But let us not quit giving to 
each other because we don't want to spend the money, 
but rather because we feel this doesn't really belong 
to Christ's birthday. We need to show a true Christ- 
like attitude. 

So we don't give to each other but will use the 
money to give the poor a box of groceries. This may be 
right in its place but I feel the best gift we can give 
the poor and aged is ourselves . I have never heard my 
aged father-in-law say, "I wish someone would bring me 
a present." But I have often heard him say he wished 
someone would visit them. So give yourself, and visit 
the widows, the poor, the sick, and aged every month of 
the year. And if you want to take & few " goodies" or a 
hot dish or money, this is fine, bait, don't wait until 
December 25th. 

Some have decided to drop the gift-giving but still 
get the family together for a bag dinner. We spend a 
lot of time and money making cookies, candy and other 
special things to eat. Then we ail get together to eat. 
After several times of this (to include all parents 
and grandparents) we go home feeling rather uncomfort- 
able. I sometimes wonder if it is really right to have 
such a lot of rich food (more than we really need) while 
some people go hungry. If we want to get our families 
together, why not spread it over the whole year? 

Now you ask, what do you have left for Christmas? 
As the Christian should look at Christmas, we still have 
all we need — Christ. And to you who have always cele- 
brated with gifts, dinners, etc. I can say from exper- 
ience that it isn't easy to quit* The children wonder 
why? And the only answer you can give must be Scripture- 
based. They may not understand fully now/ but we hope 
it will teach them the true values of Christmaa. 

Friends, loved ones, brethren and sisters, let us 



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think seriously of these things before another year. 
If you feel a conviction against these things , let us 
act upon our convictions. And I know God will bless 
you for it. 

There is a far greater need today than trying to 
put Christ where He never was. Christ needs to be put 
back into our lives and into the Church. 

With love and concern for all Christians , 
Everett and Nancy Oyler 
Goshen, Indiana 

Editor ! s note: This article from our dear brother and 
sister points out a need that we all have to examine 
our motives and practices concerning the celebration 
of Christmas and also any other day we may observe such 
as "Easter", New Year's Day and even birthdays. We 
wish to speak out against abuse of any of these occa- 
sions. We claim to be Christians, and any conduct 
other than Christian conduct, be it on whatever day of 
the year, is wrong and should be repented of and 
changed. However, we should be charitable with one 
another. To all who take these comments to heart let 
us consider Romans 14. Verses 4, 5 and 6 seem parti- 
cularly applicable. Paul probably referred primarily 
to the Jewish sabbath. But there is a principle here 
about regarding special days and also about eating, I 
believe he Is saying that the important part is that 
our conduct be "unto the Lord" and that we "give God 
thanks." Any observance or conduct that does not fall 
under this category is not right for Christians. But 
if there is reverent, Christian conduct and eating with 
thanksgiving, then we should not judge this in one 
another. The apostle is speaking to both sides of a 
controversy of his time and he speaks to us as well. 
He says on the one hand, "Let us not therefore judge 
one another any more..." But on the other hand he con- 
cludes with "...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." 

"Let us therefore follow after the things which 
make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify 
another." (Romans 14:19) — L.C. 



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HISTORIGAL 

GEORGE BLAURQCK, AND 
HANS VAN DER REVS, A.D. 1529 

About this .time ? George of the house of Jacob, 
called Blaurock, having for about two or three years, 
in Switzerland, but particularly in the earldom of 
Tyrol, whither he had gone, spread and proclaimed the 
doctrine of the truth, that he might put his talent to 
use * (Matt. 25:15), and by his zeal for the house of 
God be a means of salvation, was apprehended with his 
companions, at Gusodaum, condemned for the faith, and 
burnt alive not far from Clausen, for these articles, 
namely: That he had forsaken his office as priest, 
which he had formerly exercised in popery; that he 
disregarded infant baptism, and taught people a new 
baptism; that he rejected the mass; that he likewise 
rejected the confession of the priests as founded by 
them, and that the mother of Christ is not to be in- 
voked or worshiped. For these reasons he was executed, 
and laid down his life, as behooves a soldier and hero 
of the faith. On the place of execution he earnestly 
spoke to the people, and pointed them to the Scrip- 
tures. 

The love of the truth having begun to burn among 
the nations, and the fire of God having thus started, 
many were put to death for the testimony of the truth, 
in the earldom of Tyrol, especially in the following 
places: In the Gusodein district: at Clausen, Brixen, 
Stertzing, Balzen, Neumark, Katren, Terlen, Gundersweg; 
In the valley of the Inn; at Imst. Petersberg, Stejen 
in the Spruckthal, Schwatz, Rattenburg, Kuf stein and 
Kitzbuehi. In these places a great multitude of be- 
lievers constantly testified with their blood to the 
truth, through fire, water and the sword. Thus the 
people of God, as well as the great persecution in- 
creased daily. Jacob Huter became one of the over- 
seers and teachers in the earldom of Tyrol, and not 
long after, with his people, united with the church 



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which was in Moravia. After Jacob Huter removed with 
his people from the earldom to Moravia, partly com- 
pelled by great persecution, the tyranny in the earl- 
dom of Tyrol became daily more vehement; so that the 
pious had but few places where they could remain and 
many of them were apprehended, and put to death in 
various ways, for the faith. To this end the priests 
violently and furiously proclaimed from the pulpit, 
that care should be taken, to ferret them out, and to 
destroy them with fire and sword. Much money was also 
repeatedly offered and promised to those who should 
inform against them; by means of which they were sev- 
eral times betrayed. They were sought in every way, 
in forests and in houses, wherever their presence was 
suspected; in every place, also in closed gardens, 
which had to be opened, or they would be broken open, 
and searched. There was a Judas, called Prabeiger, 
who made use of his subtle artifice , thinking to ob- 
tain a large reward. He went to the authorities, and 
betrayed them all, bringing with him bailiffs and 
children of Pilate, with swords, spears, and staves, 
and went before them, just as Judas the traitor did. 
(Matt. 26:47) They caught a great number and dis- 
persed the rest. Not long after, when they again 
assembled, another Iscariot, called George Frueder, 
manifested himself. He went to the priests, saying 
that if they would pay him, he would go, and none of 
the brethren should be able to conceal himself from 
him. Then the priests, the generation of the scribes 
and Pharisees, gave him money and good wages, and also 
a letter. This rogue then went out, assumed the form 
and semblance of an angel, and visited now and then 
such as he suspected of having knowledge of this mat- 
ter. He inquired everywhere in the Pusterthal, where 
the brethren were, and how he could find them, desir- 
ing assistance to this end. With much weeping the 
rogue made this request, pretending that he could not 
rest until he were with them. Thus he deceived them, 
so that he finally came to them. He appeared before 
them very sad, humble and tender. As one who seeks 



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to repent and to amena his way. He then very suddenly 
said: "My brethren, grant me this, and wait a little 
while, and I will go home and fetch my wife and child." 
Many thoughts came to the minister and he said to him: 
"If you are false of heart, and your intention evil, 
God will certainly find you, and you shall speedily 
bring down His judgment upon you." But he said; "Oh 
jio, .God preserve me from that; come with me into my 
house." Thus he went away, and hastened to the judge, 
the magistrate, and the priests, who came with force, 
with swords and sticks, and apprehended the brethren 
and sisters. 

Several other villains of this class manifested 
themselves, especially one whose name was Peter Lantz, 
and one named Pranger. Some went about by night with 
much craftiness, acted in the same manner, and went to 
places and houses where they expected to find these 
people; but God gave them the recompense which they 
deserved, so that they might have wished that they had 
never been born. 

- Besides the above-mentioned George Blaurock, there 
was also one Hans van der Reve, both of whom belonged 
to the number of those who sincerely received the 
truth of the, holy Gospel, and helped found .and build 
the Ghristian church, in the time when the truth had 
long been obscured in popery and by other errors. And 
when they had thus for a time faithfully exercised 
their ministry, edified and instructed many, and put 
their talent effectually to usury (Matt. 25:15), they 
were finally apprehended by the envious children of 
Gain, and burned at Clausen, in Etzlandt, A.D. 1529. 

And in order to show that in all this they rejoiced 
in God, and also sought to console and strengthen 
their brethren, they left them the following memorial; 

"Lord God, I will praise Thee now and. until my end; 
because Thou hast given me faith, by which I have 
learned to know Thee. Thou sendest to me Thy divine 
Word, which I am able to find and perceive that it is 
from pure grace. From Thee, God, have I received it 
as Thou knowest. I firmly hope that it will not 



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return unto Thee void. (Isa. 55:11) Lord, strength- 
en my heart to this. My heart rejoices because I know 
Thy will* When I felt the heavy load of sin in me,, 
which exceedingly troubled me (Ps. 38:6), I would have 
had to perish . . . hadst Thou, God, not come to me 
with the Word of Thy divine grace. (Acts 10:37) For 
this I will now magnify and praise Thy glorious name 
forever, because Thou dost always show Thyself a mer- 
ciful dear Father. Cast me not off but receive me as 
Thy child. Therefore I cry unto Thee, help, Father, 
that I may be Thy child and heir. Lord, strengthen 
my faith (Luke 17:5), else, if Thy help should not 
succor me, my building should soon fall. Do not for- 
get me, Lord, but be with me always; Thy Holy Spirit 
protect and teach me, that in all my sufferings I may 
ever receive Thy consolation, so that valiantly fight- 
ing, in this conflict, I may gain the victory. (I Cor. 
9:25-27) 

"The enemy fights a battle with me in the field in 
which I now am; he would fain drive me from the field. 
But Thou, Lord, givest me the victory. He ran a- 
gainst me with sharp weapons, so that all my limbs 
quaked before the false doctrine and their constraints. 
But Thou, Lord, hadst compassion upon me, and didst 
help me, Thy son, poor man, with Thy grace, and power- 
ful hand, and madest me to overcome. God, how soon 
didst Thou hear me; thou speedily .earnest with Thy help 
and turnedst back mine enemies; therefore I will sing 
praises unto Thy name in my heart, and forever spread, 
abroad the grace which has come to me. 

"Now, I pray Thee, Father, for all Thy children; 
preserve us all forever from all the enemies of our 
souls. I must not trust in the flesh (I Peter 1:24), 
which perisheth and abide th not; but I will firmly 
trust in Thy Word (Ps. 115:9), this be my consolation, 
on which I rely; it shall deliver me, from all my dis- 
tresses, to everlasting rest. The hour of the last 
day, to which we all must come, is at hand. Dear Lord, 
help us to bear the cross to the destined place, and 
turn "Thyself to us with all grace, that we may commend 



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our spirit into Thy hands. I sincerely pray Thee for 
all our enemies, Lord, however many there may be; do 
.not lay their sins to their charge; Lord, I entreat 
this according to Thy will. (Acts 7:60) And thus we 
(I George Blaurock, and Hans van der Reve) will depart 
in peace. Hay the good God through grace lead us into 
His everlasting kingdom, as we firmly trust • that He 
will, and finish His , holy work in us and give us 
strength to the end, Amen." 

This evidently came to pass, when these two so 
steadfastly and boldly died and were burned, for the 
truth. — Martyrs Mirror, page 430 

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TO OUR READERS 

The 25th year of publication of The Pilgrim is now 
completed. With it comes thanksgiving to God for His 
loving care and rich provision for this work since its 
beginning by Brother Dan in 1954, we want to thank 
each one who has contributed and helped over the years. 
Some selections are not used immediately because of 
lack of space. Some good material is left out because 
we consider it not necessarily applicable for our need. 
We welcome suitable writings , hoping to avoid contro- 
versies as much as possible and encourage informative, 
inspirational and personal experience articles. 

We thank all who have renewed and helped financially. 
If anyone knows of others who would care to receive The 
Pilgrim we will send a year T s subscription free on .trial 
May God help us walk together as pilgrims to our Heaven- 
ly Home, rejoicing in His salvation through Jesus. -L.C. 



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ONE MORE DAY 

Oh what could I do with one more day 

If that day were the last? 
Fd sweep through the years with might and main 

And seek for errors past. 
Fd race with my hands and speed with my feet 

To leave a thought of love; 
Fd seek in the Master 1 s vineyard to sow 

Some plants to fruit above* 

If unto my ears the message should come 

To leave my weary task, 
To come to the golden shores above 

In light and love to bask, 
I wonder if I would beg for time 

And plead for one more day. 
And should I be granted just one more 

What would I do and say? 

Each minute should count as precious gold; 

Fd have so much to do. 
There are letters to write to loved ones dear 

With thought all strong and true: 
A message to send afar away, .. . 

(Though those now left be few) 
To ones I loved in childhood years 

Where skies were fair and blue. 

We never may know which day is last; 

Each minute counts as gold, 
To sow or to reap in the glowing sun, 

Or straying lambs to fold. 
But may it be when the message comes 

In light and love to bask, 
No burden and bulk of toil be left 

Till then as twilight task. 

By Lottie A. Gripe 
Selected from The Testimony of Truth, July, 1925 



CHILDREN' S PAGE 
A QUIZ about David , Da niel , Elijah and Isaiah 
SUPPLY THE MISSING WORDS: 

When was a shepherd boy 

He watched his father 1 s sheep. 
&* led them to their pasture lands 

*Jp mountain trails so steep. 
And when two beasts of danger came — 

k lion and a — 

He bravely slew those wild beasts, 

His little flock to spare. 

Poor I When his enemies 

Saw he still served the Lord, 
They threw him in a deep dark pit, 

Where loudly roared. 

But God sent down His angel y 

-he mouths to seal, 

And i at the morning light, 

Was found alive and well. 

and 



Were prophets of the ; 

They taught the people of God's ways 

And preached His holy Word. 
raised the widow 1 s son 

And brought the dead to life; 
wrote about the death 



And, sufferings of C_ 



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VOL. 26 FEBRUARY, 1979 NO. 2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul/' 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



THE ANVIL OF GOD'S WORD 

I paused last even beside the blacksmith 1 s door, 
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; 
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor, 
Old hammers worn with beating years of time, 

"How many anvils have you had," said I, 
"To wear and batter all these hammers so?" 
"Just one," said he, and them with twinkling eye,. 
"The anvil wears the hammers out, you know." 

"And so," I thought, "The Anvil of God's Word, 
For ages skeptic blows have beat upon, 
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard, 
The Anvil is unchanged, the hammers gone," 

—John Clifford 

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man 
as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the 
flower thereof falleth away: 

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And 
this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto 

you * —I Peter 1:24,25 

For ever, Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. 

—Psalm 119:89 



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OUR PROFESSION 

The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: n . . . follow 
after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, pa- 
tience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, 
lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also 
called, and hast professed a good profession before 
many witnesses." (I Timothy 6:11 ,12) 

The Brethren Church, from the beginning of its 
organization in Germany in 1708, like Timothy, has 
^professed a good profession',* and in every instance 
since that time, when there has been occasion to 
state it, has repeatedly professed that "the New 
Testament is our only rule of faith and practice. " 
We believe this to be as good a profession as can 
be, and The Old Brethren Church, as a body of be- 
lievers in the Lord Jesus Christ, still embraces 
this aame profession. And so it will be the purpose 
and interest in this article to bring to our atten- 
tion some of the New Testament proclamations and 
commandments of Jesus and His holy apostles. We 
will not have room ; nor does it seem expedient, to 
try to quote them all here, but we intend to cite 
some of the more prominent ones. And it is not im- 
plied that any that are not included here are of 
less importance. 

If we had no more than Paul T s instructions to 
Timothy: (". . . follow after righteousness, godli- 
ness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the 
good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, 
whereunto thou art also called . . . "), we should be 
well on our way to an acceptable service to the Lord. 

First of all is our baptismal confession, "that 
we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and 
that He brought from heaven a saving Gospel." With- 
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other profession which we could make would be of no 
avail for salvation. It is through this faith in 
Jesus Christ that we are joined to Him in baptism. 
For the Apostle Paul says, 1! For as many of you as have 
been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." 
(Galatians 3s 27) See also Romans 6. No amount of im- 
itation of the Christian life can make us Christians. 
But when we are "in Christ" then obedience to all His 
revealed will in all that He has said and commanded 
becomes our "rule of faith and life." 

The claim is sometimes made that the New Testament 
alone does not have sufficient rules to meet every 
contingency of life, and therefore the Church must 
lay down additional rules where the New Testament is 
"silent". Here we need to differentiate between 
MAKING RULES and our responsibility to practice and 
administer the divine law and rules so abundantly de- 
livered to us by our Lord and His apostles. 

The Old Brethren Church has sometimes been charged 
with "having no rules" because we do not publish sup- 
plemental rules in addition to what is in the New 
Testament. And while we may confess that sometimes 
we may have been remiss in implementing in ourselves; 
and in relation to others in the body, may have fallen 
short of all of our duty, yet it is not true that we 
have "no rules", as it is our foremost profession that 
we hold the Nex>r Testament as our "only rule of faith 
and life." We know that the Church is not a govern- 
ment "of the people, by the people, and for the peo- 
ple?* (a democracy), but that we aire subjects of Divine 
law (a theocracy). 

This article has been inspired, in part, by reread- 
ing the twelfth chapter .of Romans, which contains many 
plain and practical rules for Christian living. Wfe 
are accustomed to hearing sermons and admonitions on 
"nonconformity", which of course is appropriate and in 
order, but for the most part little or no emphasis is 
placed on the following verses. Verse one is most im- 
portant as it answers to Jesus 1 teaching when He says, 
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself 



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and take up his cross and follow me. 1 * After the self 
denial, and nonconformity to the world, and the 
transformed mind, in verses 1 and 2, then there fol- 
lows at least twenty rules for humble Christian liv- 
ing. 

At this point let us consider the "Beatitudes": 
Blessed are the poor in spirit; Blessed are they that 
mourn; Blessed are the meek; Blessed are they that 
do hunger and thirst after righteousness; Blessed are 
the merciful; Blessed are the pure In heart; Blessed 
are the peacemakers; Blessed are they that are per- 
secuted for righteousness 1 sake. Then following in 
the Sermon on the Mount are many authoritative rules 
of conduct for those who are under the blessings of 
the Beatitudes. Among these rules we find the GOLDEN 
RULE, which in itself is a safe rule for all walks 
of life, both individually and collectively; and 
which Jesus said "IS (the meaning of) the law and 
the prophets." It will be seen that many of these 
"rules" deal with us individually as to character 
and our inner attitudes toward God and one another. 

Again; we are confronted with the CHARITY chap- 
ter of I Corinthians 13: "Charity suffereth long, 
and is kind; charity envleth not; charity vaunteth 
not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself . 
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily pro- 
voked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, 1 
but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, be- 
lieveth all things, hopeth all things, endure th all 
things-. Charity never faileth . . . " But let us be 
impressed with the Apostle's word, that without it 
we are NOTHING. 

In Ephesians U we find further important rules for 
members of the Church (Body) of Christ: "Let no cor- 
rupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but 
that which is good to the use of edifying, that it 
may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not 
the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto 
the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and 
wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be 
put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind 



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one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, 
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." 
(Epheaians 4:29-32) 

Again; the Apostle Peter says, ". . . Add to 
your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to 
knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; 
and to patience godliness; And to godliness brother- 
ly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For 
if these things be IN YOU, and abound, they make you 
that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the 
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that 
lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar 
off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his 
old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give dil- 
igence to make your calling and election sure; for 
if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so 
an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly 
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and- Saviour 
Jesus Christ." (II Peter 1:5-11) 

It will be seen that perhaps a majority of these 
"rules" pertain, first, to our divine relationship 
to Christ our Lord, then to their application to our 
own individual character, and then to our attitudes 
and conduct to one another. 

These and many other New Testament rules not cited 
here form a complete and sufficient rule of faith 
and life for us as disciples of the Lord. And if we 
observe them faithfully from the heart, as we pro- 
fess, then we may with confidence expect to realize 
the "fruits of the Spirit," which are "... love, 
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, 
faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is 
no law." (Galatians 5:22,23) 

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth 
any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a NEW CREATURE, 
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be 
on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." 
(Galatians 6:15,16) 

—Daniel F. Wolf 
Modesto, California 



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WRESTING THE SCRIFTURE 

An acquaintance presented a tract to me entitled 
n Does Baptism Save". As this acquaintance knew that 
I was a Christian professor I assume he wished to in- 
struct and edify me or possibly correct what he sup- 
posed to be my misunderstanding of the subject of 
baptism. The author was a Doctor of Divinity whose 
writings have been widely circulated in modern 
Christian society. . The tract is a testimony of how 
men will wrest or distort the scriptures in an effort 
to prove their own ideas instead of simply accepting 
the truth. 

The message of the tract is that baptism is not 
necessary for salvation. An attempt is made to show 
that the conditions of salvation were not the same 
after Paul ! s "New Revelation" as they were from John 
the Baptist until then. .The author states that the 
twelve were commissioned to baptize but their commis- 
sion 'was interrupted by the Church Age. He says fur- 
ther; "There i^/as a dispensation when baptism was re- 
quired for the Remission of sins 1 , but it is not re- 
quired in this dispensation." 

The writer places great emphasis on the phrase in 
I Gorinthians 1:17, "Christ sent me NCT to baptise." 
Presumably this is "Paul's New Revelation". Note 
that the first word of this quotation is omitted. 
The verse actually begins thus, " For Christ sent me 
not, to baptise. " This word "for" refers to something 
previously stated and indicates that what follows is 
related to what wag said before. 

To isolate the phrase "Christ sent me NOT to bap- 
tise" and. teach this as a "New Revelation" which 
makes, baptism obsolete is surely lifting this scrip- 
ture reference out of its context and wresting it or 
attempting to make it say something which the apostle 
did not intend. There is nothing in Paul's writing 
to indicate that he degraded baptism as this tract 
writer presumes to do. Paul states plainly that he 
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Gaius and the household of Stephanas. Also, the in- 
spired word records that after being instructed by 
Paul, baptism was administered to Lydia of Thyatira 
and her household (Acts 16:15), the Philippian jailer 
and all his (Acts 16:35), many Corinthians (Acts 18: 
8), and certain disciples at Ephesus (Acts 19:5). We 
are not told whether Paul performed the rite himself 
in these cases, but surely it was done in his pres- 
ence, had his approval, and was a result of his teach- 
ing. 

We believe it is untrue that the "Church Age" in- 
terrupted the apostles' commission. Certainly their 
commission was to organize and establish the Church 
and, being endued with. power from on high, their mis- 
sion was not interrupted. 

It is, of course, true that baptism of itself does 
n ot save. We believe it is also true that there is 
no promise of salvation to those who will not receive 
baptism, but "He that believeth AND is baptised., "shall 
be saved." (Mark 16: 16) 

Another sentence in this tract reads thus: "If 
baptism Is necessary for salvation, then every state- 
ment in John's gospel about salvation, even though 
spoken by Christ Himself, is utterly false." What a 
presumptive statement for a man to make! Neither the 
words of Christ nor the gospel of John are false. 
Therefore this kind of reasoning is based on a false 
premise and can only lead to a false conclusion. 

The apostle Peter speaks of the unlearned (II Peter 
3:16) wresting the scriptures to their own destruc- 
tion. This author was a learned man, having earned 
the titles D.D. and Litt.D. The apostle Paul was a 
learned man also and yet he makes it abundantly clear 
that all his worldly accomplishments srere of no value 
in knowing the lord. So we conclude that Peter's use 
cf "unlearned" refers to those who have not asked God 
for wisdom and have not compared spiritual things 
with spiritual and do not perceive that "the natural 
man receive th not the things of the spirit of God: 
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he 



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know them, because they are spiritually discerned* " 
(I Gorinthians 2:14-) 

"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among 
you? let him shew out of a good conversation his 
works with meekness of wisdom." (James 3:13) Here 
is a test of proper and beneficial learning. 

In conclusion, let us hear the apostle 1 s admoni- 
tion: "But continue thou in the things which thou 
hast learned .and hast been assured of , knowing of 
whom thou hast learned them," (II Timothy 3:14) 

— Harold Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 



"TO SPEAK THE WORD » 



A prisoner in Rome for the sake of the Lord Jesus 
Christ, Paul wrote his epistle of joyful victory to 
the Philippians. His work was nearly done. Most of 
his preaching and laborious travelling were in the 
past. But he was confident that his efforts had not 
been in vain, but effective In bringing many to 
Ghrist. Even his Imprisonment was occasion. for re- 
joicing because he writes, "... the things which 
happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the fur- 
therance of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ 
are "manifest in all the palace, and in all other 
places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing 
confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak 
the word without fear." (Philippians 1:12-14) 

To Paul the preaching of Christ was all important; 
it was his very life. "For to me to live is Ghrist, 
and to die is gain." (1:21) And yet the report of 
him went out that his letters were "weighty and pow- 
erful" but his bodily presence was "weak, and his 
speech contemptible." Even if this report was not 
quite true, it must have been what some thought. It 
is possible that Paul had eye trouble, and he was no 
doubt scarred and marked from his many sufferings at 
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effective in the cause of Christ? Of course it was 
the work of the Spirit in him. 

Today the situation has not changed. Sometimes we 
might wonder at the wisdom of the choice of God" that 
by the foolishness of preaching He would save them 
that believe, as a brother said recently, n Why 
didn ! t He have angels preach the Gospel? They could 
likely have done a better job. But He ordained that 
•the Gospel would be spread to fallen man by the 
preaching of man." 

And so we see the Gospel being preached still by 
weak man. The minister of the Word carries the mes- 
sage as in an earthen vessel. He speaks the message 
of God but with the infirmities and id stakes that 
men make. His mannerisms and habits, his repeti- 
tions and misquotations make his delivery imperfect 
at best. He might even be a young relative or ac- 
quaintance whom we knew as a child. We may know all 
his weaknesses and have difficulty accepting him as 
a minister of the Word. We are used to professional 
men — teachers, doctors, lawyers, etc. — and we some- 
times think that all those who preach the Gospel 
should also have their educated approach and manners. 
But the first preachers whom Christ chose Himself 
were also "unlearned" men. They were hometown, ordi- 
nary men. 

What then is the reason for this choosing of God 
that ordinary men should be the preachers of the 
Word? Paul in I Corinthians 2; 4, 5 says, "And my 
speech and my preaching was not with enticing words 
of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit 
and of power: That your faith should not stand in 
the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." There 
is the reason; that our faith should have the power 
of God as the basis and not the wisdom of man. The 
Word of God is the important part and not the man who 
bears it. 

As we hear the Word proclaimed today can we hear 
beyond the man who is preaching? Can. "we not rise a- 
bcve looking at the manner in which the message is 



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delivered? Can we not overlook the personal traits 
of the speaker and instead weigh his message? Is it 
true? Is it the message from God? Is this man 
preaching Jesus Christ? How much we miss if we go 
to hear the Word proclaimed and expect to be enter- 
tained! How earthly is our attitude if we compare 
speakers as though one would be "better" than anoth- 
er! Is his message true? And if it is, how am I re- 
sponding to it? Be assured that when we hear the 
Word preached we become responsible to react to its 
truth. We must decide to be committed to that truth 
and let it work on our daily lives, or else we must 
take the position of an unbeliever. 

It has always been this way. Truth may make us 
uncomfortable; it may even seem to cause us trouble 
until we believe it and act upon it. Take, for ex- 
ample, the children of Israel in bondage in Egypt « 
Moses came declaring the deliverance of God. Pharaoh 
responded by increasing the burden of the Israelites. 
And they placed the blame on Moses and Aaron for this 
increase of their burdens. Some of them never did 
respond to the truth, but even after their deliver- 
ance wished they were still in Egypt — and they died 
in the desert. 

Felix squirmed and trembled as Paul "reasoned of 
righteousness, temperance^ and judgment to come," and 
so did King Agrippa. Paul himself before his conver- 
sion was miserable as he opposed the truth. Jesus 
told him, ". . . It is hard for thee to kick against 
the pricks." In these cases, conviction came not 
from the personal presence and ability of the preach- 
ers of the Word, but from the power of the truth and 
the operation of the Spirit of God. 

In our day God calls us (through the preaching of 
the Gospel) to freedom from sin. Until we really be- 
lieve and obey the Gospel, it may seem like these 
preachers are making trouble for us and that the Word 
is an irritation — only making us uncomfortable and 
disturbing our "peace". Only when we believe and 
respond can we experience the deliverance and freedom 
God has promised. 



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In the Philippian epistle Paul rejoiced that 
Christ was preached even if some did not do it in 
sincerity. It is the message that is important. The 
one God uses to proclaim it must remain a vessel and 
often a very weak one. But if the message is true 
and a genuine presentation of the grace and love of 
God, then it can be effective- to the eternal salva- 
tion of the souls of those who will respond in faith 
and obedience to Him. "For the preaching of the 
cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto 
us which are saved it is the power of God . . . For 
after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom 
knew not God, It pleased God by the foolishness of 
preaching to save them that believe. " (I Corinthians 
1 :21) — L.G. 

COMMUNION NOTICE 

We, the Old Brethren of the Eastern District, have 
agreed, the Lord willing, to hold a Spring Love Feast 
on May 12 and 13 at the Wakarusa meeting house. 

We heartily invite all of our members and friends 
to be with us and enjoy a time of fellowship and 
spiritual uplift. 

— Kelvin ; Coning ' : 

ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on June 1, '2 & 3 # 
at the Salida meeting house,, Salida, California. 
Friday, the first, will be. council day; Saturday and 
Sunday (Pentecost) will be public preaching, and 
Saturday evening will be the Communion, service. A 
hearty invitation and welcome is extended to all our 
members and friends to attend. . 

—Daniel F. Wolf 



BIRTH 
BOWSER - A son, Benjamin Arnold, born February 1 to 
Arnold and Rachel Bowser of Goshen, Indiana. 



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HISTORICAL 

PERSECUTION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 

LEONHARD LOCHMAIR, AND 
OFFRUS GREIZINGER, A.D. 1538 

In the year 1538, Brother Leonhard Lochmair, a 
minister of the Word, in the Earldom of Tyrol, was 
apprehended, and taken to Brixen, where a great num- 
ber of priests practiced all manner of craftiness 
with him, until they caused him to apostatise. They 
then demanded of him, that he should go about the 
country for a whole year, with Doctor Gallius, and 
preach against and renounce the divine truth. This 
he would not do; hence they confined him in prisonj 
for he had been a priest before he became a brother. 
He came to himself and repented of his apostasy, and 
great fear came upon him, for the judgment of God 
pressed upon him; but since God knew his sorrowful 
heart, He so ordered it that he was restored again, 
as will follow in the sequel. 

In the same year, 1538, Offrus Greizinger, also a 
minister of the Word in the Earldom of Tyrol, was 
apprehended. He was sought on the mountains and in 
the valley, and spied on bridges and elsewhere. A 
large sum of money was also offered for his apprehen- 
sion, and spies and traitors were sent out, who pre- 
tended to have a desire to become pious. When they 
had apprehended him, he was also brought to Brixen 
and put in prison there, his apartment being so near 
to that of Leonhard Lochmair r s, that they could con- 
verse together. There Leonhard greatly deplored his 
apostasy to Offrus, and sorrowed greatly on account 
of it. Offrus then gave him much consolation, when, 
after genuine sorrow and true repentance, he pro- 
claimed to him the remission of his sins in the name 
of the Lord; yea, through his intercession, re-estab- 
lished him in his faith, and received him again as a 
fellow member and brother. 



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Not long after, when Brother Offrus, the faithful 
servant of the Lord and His church, was sorely tried 
in manifold ways, and much threatened with the tor- 
ture, if he would not point out to them his brethren 
who had not yet been driven away, especially those 
who had harbored him, and done good to him, he said 
to them; n I have resolved to endure all pain and 
suffering which man can endure, even unto death, 
through the power of God, before I shall tell you 
this, and become a traitor. I well knew beforehand 
that this would be my fate. You have me in your pow- 
er, do whatever God will permit you to do; if you 
want to tyrannize over me, you may do so; God will 
find you. I have nothing to say or to show." They 
then assailed him with threats, and urged him that if 
he had the truth, they would admonish him in the name 
of the truth, to show and speak the truth. Then 
Brother Offrus said: "I know you and your truth; 
you have heard what I said. 1 ' 

They also asked him whether it was not true that 
if our numbers should increase, we would rise up a- 
gainst and kill them, if they would not come over to 
our side? He told them that if we should do this, 
we would not be Christians, but only such in name; 
adding: r, If you were true Christians you would not 
torture or kill any one. 11 - Hence they bound him, and 

drew him up, but speedily let him down from the tor- 
ture, and threatened him, asking why he would have 
his members thus torn asunder. He replied: n I am in 
your hands; do with me whatever God will permit you 
to do; you can take from me no more than my life.' 1 
They then despaired of accomplishing anything with 
him. 

Eight days after, they again drew him up, this 
time twice, yet more gently; but he said; "I have 
told you once what I can tell, and be it known to you 
that God will find you^ f or your tyranny. n They again 
despaired, and thenceforth left him alone, torturing 
him no further. He was sick in consequence r of the 
torture, so that he said the less. 



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After another eight days, they again came to him, 
called him before them twice , but did not remain 
with him long, because he laid before their eyes 
their rascality, roguery, and unrighteousness. 

After much suffering and tribulation he was then 
sentenced to death by the children of Pilate, placed 
alive into the fire, and burned to ashes; thus val- 
iantly and steadfastly, as a Christian hero, testify- 
ing to and sealing his life and doctrine, with his 
blood, on Halloween, A.D. 1538. And though he had 
previously wrestled hard with death, yet when he went 
forth unto death, he was glad and joyful in his heart. 

But as.Leonhard Lochmair had formerly been a 
priest, the priests prevented his dying together with 
Cffrus; for they intended first to divest him of 
their accursed ordination. In this, in order to 
bring to naught their counsel, God so ordered it, 
that the suffragan who was to do this, died. Thus 
he was executed with the sword, a few days after 
Offrus, and, as a true priest, offered up and gave 
himself as an acceptable offering unto God, and tes- 
tified to His truth unto death. (Romans 12:1; II 
Timothy 4;6) 

— fe£i££§ Mirror 9 page 4-4-8 



If you cannot preach a sermon, 

You can pray I 
Anglo-Saxon, French or German, 

You can pray! 
Men of every tribe and nation 
Are in need in all creation; 
f Tis no time for self inflation — 

You can pray I 

If you cannot be a teacher, 

You can pray; 
You can stand behind your preacher, 

You can prayl 
You can bear saints up each hour 
To the throne of grace and power; 
You can keep from getting sour — 

You can prayl —Selected 



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THE WORLD IS MINE 

Today , upon a bus, I saw a lovely girl with 

golden hair. 
Envied her, she seemed so gay, and wished I 

were as fair. 
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her 

hobble down the aisle . 
She had one leg, and wore a crutch; and as 

she passed — a smile, 
0, God forgive me when I whine. 
I have two legs, The world is mine. 

And then I stopped to buy some sweets. The lad 

who sold them had such charm. 
I talked to him — he seemed so glad-*— If I 

were late 'twould do no harm. 
And as I left he said tome: "I thank you. 

You have been so kind. 
It's nice to talk to folks like you. 

You see," he said, "I'm blind." 
0, God forgive me when I whine. 
I have two eyes, The world is mine. 

Later walking down the street, I saw a child 

with eyes of blue. 
He stood and watched the others play; it 

seemed he knew not what to do, 
I stopped a moment, then I said: ,r Why don T t 

you join the others, dear? 11 
He looked ahead without a word, and then I 

knew — he could not hear, 
0, God forgive me when I whine. 
I have two ears. The world is mine. 

With l£gs to take me where I r d go — 
With eyes to see the sunset 1 s glow — 
With ears to hear what I would know — 

0, God forgive me when I whine. 

I'm blessed indeed. The world is mine. 

By Dot Aaron Selected by Leona Miller 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
JESUS AND THE LITTLE CHILDREN 

If Jesus were here with us on the earth today, how 
would He treat babies and little children? Do you 
think He would be so busy talking to big people about 
"important things 11 that the little boys and girls would 
be a bother to Him? Would He tell them to please stay 
out of His way so He could heal someone or do a miracle? 

No j noi Jesus would not act that way at all. 

One time long ago some mothers brought their infants 
and little children to Jesus. Perhaps they knew that 
Jesus was God T s Son — certainly they knew He was a won- 
derful, holy man — and they were hoping He would give a 
blessing to their little children. 

When the mothers brought the children to Jesus they 
were happy and more that a little excited. What would 
the Master do? 

Closer and closer they walked, up toward our Lord, 
hoping He would "put his hands on them, and pray." 

But Jesus T disciples saw the women and went to talk 
to them. They rebuked the little children's mothers 
and said Jesus did not have time for such things. 
Sadly the mothers began to leave. 

"But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased ." 
He loved little children. Why should they go away. He 
said, "Let the little children come to Me; don't make 
them stay away. If we can't become like little children 
we won't be able to go to Heaven." "And He to ok them up 
iH ftis arms , put his hands u pon them, and blessed them ," 
What a wonderful story 1 and it's still true today. The 
mothers and their little children never need to fear, 
for Jesus loves each one and bids him to come near. 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul/' 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



I WANT TO LIVE 

I want to live to enter in 
The country that is free from sin; 
The land of peace and love and joy- 
Where nothing ever can destroy. 

I hope to see the city bright 
That now is hidden from my sight; 
The Palace of eternal day 
Where every tear is wiped away. 

I hope to see my Father's face 
In that secure abiding place , 
And see my Saviour on His throne; 
I hope tc know as I am known. 

I hope tc mingle with the throng 
That sing the great redemption song. 
For there the tree of healing grows 
And life f s pure crystal water flows. 

Oh change my spirit, body, soul, 
To yield to Thy divine control; 
Then when I wake to life It 11 be 
Thine own throughout eternity. 

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GROWTH IN CHRIST 

Have you ever seen a thirty year old man looking 
and acting like a little baby — unable to feed himself 
or get dressed, or even to talk or walk without help? 
Such a picture would be pitiful indeed. 

But God has designed our bodies so well that you 
will probably never see such a sight. We eat, and 
receive energy. We rest, and are restored. We exer- 
cise, and become stronger. We were born as babes and 
became children. We were children and are now adults. 

Growth is a wonderful thing. In all of God's liv- 
ing creation we see growth. Buds become blossoms, 
and saplings become tall, sturdy trees. Tadpoles 
change to frogs, and the snake sheds its skin to grow 
a larger one. From the little egg hatches a baby 
songbird, and from a dull winter chrysalis emerges a 
colorful butterfly. 

In the human family especially we delight in 
growtho Mothers look for Baby's first tooth and 
fondly watch Baby's chubby little legs grow stronger. 
Fathers look on approvingly as the passing years 
mature their boys into men^ 

But our Christian growth does not come so automat- 
ically. We have an enemy who wants to keep us help- 
less toddlers as long as he can. There seem to be 
many "adult babes" in the churches of this world. 
Forty, fifty, even sixty and seventy year old infants 
can be found—still able to drink only milk . 

The writer to the Hebrews saw the same condition 
in his day. "For when for the time ye ought to be 
teachers, ye have need that one teach you . . . and 
are become such as have need of milk, and not of 
strong meat. For every one that useth milk is un- 
skilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a 
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full age, even those who by reason of use have their 
senses exercised to discern both good and evil." 
(Hebrews 5:12-14) 

What can we do to grow skillful in the word of 
righteousness? What do we need to grow unto the 
measure of the stature of the fulness of Ghrist? 
Let f s take a closer look at some things that are nec- 
essary for growth. The above quotation from Hebrews 
mentions two of them — food and exercise — and there 
are some other requirements too. 

Food and water. A newborn baby requires a lot of 
nourishment to stay healthy and to grow. The apostle 
Peter instructs newborn Christians also to, "As new- 
born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that 
ye may grow thereby." The Word! What better food is 
there for young and old alike than the Word of God? 
Words of wisdom and warning, edification and encour- 
agement fill its pages and feed our souls. And when 
we attend worship services and fellowship with those 
who are sound in the faith, we find this food broken 
to us not only nourishing but even delicious to our 
souls. If it is not so we should seek the blessing '■'■• 
given to those who "hunger and thirst after right- 
eousness . " 

We read in the Word about Jesus Who said, "Labor 
not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat 
which endureth unto everlasting life." And to the 
same people He said, "I am the bread of life; he that 
cometh to me shall never hunger." 

Besides the living meat and bread we enjoy fruit. 
If the fruit of the Spirit is manifest in our lives 
our growth will be sure and steady. 

And. yaterj How necessary it is for our natural 
growth. In addition to all the water in our foods, 
we drink gallons of it every week by itself. On hot 
days especially, what is more refreshing to drink 
than a glassful of cold, clear water? But Jesus told 
the woman of Samaria that ordinary water will not 
completely satisfy our thirst; "Whosoever drinketh 
of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever 
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never thirst; but the water that I shall give him 
shall be in him a well of water springing up into 
everlasting life, " 

If we want to grow strong and healthy let's accept 
the apostle John's invitation: "Whosoever will, let 
him take the water of life freely. 11 

Exercise . We know that exercise is necessary for 
proper growth. As we labor and exercise, even to the 
point of soreness sometimes, our muscles become 
stronger and our movements more coordinated. And the 
more strenuous our work, the stronger we become. 

Spiritually it is the same way. But spiritual 
exercise is so much more important that, compared to 
it, lf bodily exercise profiteth little." Paul wrote 
Timothy to refuse untrue stories and "exercise thy- 
self rather unto godliness." 

Gan any of us say we are not getting enough exer- 
cise? Are we getting spiritually soft? Are we puny 
weaklings, unable to spend an entire day in the Lordfe 
vineyard without complaining? 

Alas, too often we are! Let's start out with new 
dedication for such an important work and commit our 
ways completely to Him. Our kind fester will not 
overwork us or drive us to exhaustion. But He wants 
us to exercise ourselves to the good of His Kingdom 
and will bless those who are faithful • 

Rest . Rest must be very important, for we spend 
about a third of our natural lives doing it. Why? 
Because rest regenerates us. It rejuvenates us. It 
rebuilds, restores, and relaxes us, relieves our 
strain and removes -the weariness of fatigue. 

How relaxing it is after a long day of hard phys- 
ical labor to stretch out on a couch to rest. And - 
much more -wonderful it is, after a hard conflict with 
our spiritual enemy, to kneel down in prayer or sit 
down with God's Word and find promises of peace and 
restoration. Though our souls have been discouraged, 
our peace wounded, our spirits grieved, or our com- 
munion with God marred, we "rest In the Lord" and 
have peace. 

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laden," Jesus said, "and I will give you rest. Take 
my yoke upon you, and learn of me . . • and ye shall 
find rest unto your souls." 

The great privilege is ours today to "GROW in 
grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ." If we eat a well balanced diet of what 
the Lord wants to give us, if we rest in Him and if we 
exercise in His service — then we can completely trust 
Him for our spiritual growth. But as we grow we must 
expect some growing pains that really hurt. 

May God help us to be diligent, and to "grow up 
into him in all things." 

Going forward, growing upward, 

Ever closer, Lord, to Thee; 
May this ever our endeavor, 

Teaching, and achievement be. 

Lord, forbid that we be slothful, 

Stagnant, sleepy, satisfied, 
Willing to forsake thy blessing, 

In lukewarmness to abide. : . .,■ 

Do we dare be dull of hearing, 

Still on milk while needing meat, 

In His Word and will unskillful 
Growing feeble, sickly, weak? 

Help us, Lord, to flee ; such folly '■ ; 

And unto perfection go; 
Make us to be fervent — holy — 

Zealous — willing, Lord, to grow. 

Make us to be dedicated 

To earth's greatest, noblest work 

And completely consecrated, 
Nevermore our duties shirk. 

May our roots sink deeper, wider, 

And our lives good fruit bring forth; 
And may all our sons and daughters 
See the need of Ghristian growth. 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 
Goshen, Indiana 



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FOR THE LAW WAS GIVEN BY MOSES 
BUT GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST 

God is the author of both the Law and Grace; so 
there can be no conflict between them. Both aim at 
the same purpose which is RIGHTEOUSNESS. If there 
were no Law, there would be no need of Grace. Grace 
provides the means and opportunity to satisfy the de- 
mands of the Law. "For what the law could not do, in 
that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his 
own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, 
condemned sin in the flesh: That the RIGHTEOUSNESS 
OF THE LAW might be fulfilled in us, who walk not af- 
ter the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:3,4) 

Under the Law there was swift and immediate punish- 
ment for disobedience. God still requires obedience 
to His revealed will; and to disobey is SIN under 
Grace the same as under the Law. Under the Law Satan 
could take advantage through the "weakness of the 
flesh" to cause men to sin by disobeying God's Law, 
and then of necessity the penalty was applied which 
was condemnation and death. So, because of the weak- 
ness of the flesh, the Law became, in Paul's language, 
"The ministration of death. " It was never intended 
to be so. God's love was as great under the Law as 
under Grace; and His demand for holiness is as pos- 
itive under Grace as it was under the Law. "For with- 
out peace and holiness no man shall see the Lord." 

It must be remembered that sin was in the world 
before the Law was given: "For until the law sin was 
in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no 
law . . . Moreover the law entered, that the offense 
might abound. , ." (Romans 5:13,20) Or, so that it 
could be exposed and something done about it. 

Grace is said to be unmerited favor. It also 
means time and opportunity to meet an obligation. 
Both definitions seem to be the meaning of God's 
Grace to fallen humanity. In the fullest sense of 
the word Grace is conditional. It was conditioned by 
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God could not permit Him to forgive sins without the 
Atonement. It was motivated by the infinite love of 
God, which places the greatest possible obligation on 
all who receive it. 

The benefits of God's Grace will never cease: 
"That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding 
riches of his grace In his kindness toward us through 
Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:7) 

"Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ." 

The truth Is that God's supreme attribute is Love. 
But this could not be realized by guilty sinners under 
the Law because of the severe penalty for sin. God 
never at any time willed to destroy His people, but 
Satan, through temptation and disobedience, got them 
into a position where the very means which was in- 
tended to beget holiness in them was turned to de- 
struction. As Paul says, "And the commandment, which 
was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For 
sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, 
and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and 
the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then 
that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. 
But SIN, that it might appear SIN, working death in 
-ne by that which is good; that SIB by the commandment 
might become EXCEEDING SINFUL. For we know that the 
law Is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin, " 
(Romans 7:10-14) 

Thus is exposed the most dreadful iniquitous nature 
of sin and its author. By this means, if allowed to 
continue, Satan could deceive the children of God into 
believing that God is the cause of all the misery suf- 
fered by humanity because of sin— as he attempted to 
do in the case with Job. 

God is just, and cannot allow Satan to take such an 
advantage. God is love, and has no delight in the 
death of a sinner. Therefore in Christ Jesus He pro- 
vided a way, on certain conditions, to save men from 
death by the forgiveness of their sins, which is the 
most gracious manifestation of love ever known. 
». . . God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto 
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(II Gorinthians 5*19) "But God commendeth his love 
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Ghrist 
died for us." (Romans 5:8) 

The question may arise; Why,- then, was the Law 
given first before this gracious act of forgiveness? 
The answer to this question should prove that the 
Grace of God is on conditions, the first of which is 
FAITH in Christ and His atonement which makes the., for- 
giveness of sins possible. And, second, the choice 
and will of the sinner to return to obedience to God. 
An important distinction should be made here: that in 
forgiving sin, God did not ignore it. If He could 
have ignored it, there had been no need for an atone- 
ment. But the Atonement proves that God cannot ignore 
sin. It is this fact that gives the Grace of God its 
meaning, and clearly indicates that the sinner cannot 
continue in known sin and abide in the Grace of God. 

It should be remembered that man was created "good 1 ! 
and in Eden he apparently enjoyed divine favor and was 
entitled to It. But when he transgressed, he was not 
entitled to it* And to extend divine favor in the 
sinful state would appear to all intelligent beings 
that God was conniving with sin. Therefore Grace 
could not be proffered until sin was exposed and pro- 
vision made to take it v away. What a tragedy if man 
should have to live forever in sin. Truly, in such a 
condition "oin would reign," and the Love of God would 
be completely ooscured. "Death reigned' 1 from Adam to 
Moses even over those who had not sinned as Adam did, 
and without the Law man never could have known what 
was the c^use of all his misery. Sin was the cause, 
and Satan was the author of it, but without the Law to 
expose both sin and its author, man would have been 
driven to the fearful conclusion that it was God Who 
was the cause of it. Paul said, "I had not known sin 
except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." Thus 
it is clear why the Law was given before Grace came. 

The Grace of God was given to save lost sinners; 
and every sinner is obligated to the greatest possible 
degree of heartfelt love to God to return to the most 
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God deals with the motive first; so that if the motive 
is right, then progress can be made toward Right Acts. 

The Law intended the same, but when an offence was 
committed the sinner lost his favorable standing with 
God and was under condemnation, and love and fellow- 
ship cannot obtain where there is a state of guilt and 
condemnation. Therefore the child of God who wills 
and intends to serve Him, by virtue of his union with: 
Christ has his sins forgiven and lives. 

Thus Grace provides the opportunity to understand ... 
both the will and love of God and obey Him. But not 
only is sin forgiven by the Grace of God, but by the 
Holy Ghost, which is the Spirit of truth, the Laws of : 
God are written in the heart of the believer and pro- 
vide both encouragement and the POWER to overcome sin 
and bear fruit unto holiness: just as good parents, 
by love and good will to their children, encourage 
them to obey and do right. Even where chastisement is 
necessary in order to induce reform there must * of ne- 
cessity be forgiveness. No child who is held 1 in a 
constant state of condemnation by its parents can love 
them or be encouraged to do right. This is 'clearly -' 
taught by the Grace of God and is the reason : why the_ 
Law "pould not give life." 

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation- hath 
appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungod- 
liness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, 
righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking 
far that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of 
the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave 
himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniq- 
uity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zeal- 
ous of good works." (Titus 2:11-14) 

A reprint from the January, 1959 Pilgrim . Reprints 
of this article are available In pamphlet form,, free 
of charge, by sending request to the author; 



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Modesto, Calif. 95351 



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LEGALISM 

There are a number of ugly, unflattering words in 
Christian talk today and one of them is "legalism". 
Perhaps the word has different meaning for different 
people, but we would like to discuss what it should 
mean to us and why we should not have it. This is 
important because many times in the past (and even 
now) legalism has been a charge aimed squarely at us 
and Christians like us. 

Legalism is defined as "a preference of the Law to 
the Gospel" or "the doctrine of justification by 
works." Paul says in Galatians 2:16 that this cannot 
be; "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works 
of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we 
have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be jus- 
tified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of 
the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be 
justified." Even this one verse (and there are many 
others) should settle it for us that we are not jus- 
tified by the works of the law. Justification is a 
work of God conditioned upon man's response to God's 
call, his attitudes, intentions and choices. The re- 
sponse in man that is acceptable with God is faith and 
belief in Jesus Christ. 

Paul writes further in Galatians 3*11: "But that 
no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it 
is evident: for, The just shall live by faith." 
Martin Luther wrote in his Bible the word "alone" (by 
faith alone), but that isn't exactly what Paul says. 
James evidently saw some abuses of this teaching when 
he wrote that faith without works is dead. He defines 
the faith, by wnich Paul says Abraham was justified, 
as a faith that was alive and resulting in good works. 
James even says, "Was not Abraham our father justified 
by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the 
altar?" (2:21 ) He is explaining that Abraham's faith 
was the living kind that brought obedience. Verses 
22-24 say, "Seest thou how faith wrought with his 
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scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed 
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: 
and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how 
that by works a man is justified, and not by faith 
only." Our faith must be like this. We cannot say 
that works are unimportant or unnecessary, but it 
still remains true that n by the works of the law 
shall no flesh be justified." 

To say that justification can come by the works of 
the law, then, is legalism and is certainly offensive 
to God and an insult to His grace and love which He 
demonstrated in Christ Jesus. If our faith and hope 
is not rooted and grounded In the atonement of Jesus 
Christ on the cross, we are open to legalism. 

Having defined briefly what legalism is, let us 
consider what it is not. 

Legalism is not synonymous with obedience to 
Christ. Obedience is the important feature of a 
Christian's life that is being neglected today. We 
want the salvation and the blessings and the hopes of 
the Christian but are reluctant to walk In the steps 
of the Lord of the Christian. We want the crown 
without the cross and the victory with no part of the 
hardships of the battle. Those who are called home 
in childhood have this privilege because Jesus re- 
moved the curse by His death and calls children to 
Him without their entering into the conflict. But 
let us not think that because Jesus died for men it 
follows that adult men and women can confess Him and 
then live careless and disobedient lives. Jesus 
said, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and 
come after me, cannot be my disciple.' 1 (Luke 14:27) 

Legalism is not synonymous with modesty or non- 
conformity to the world. These are features of obe- 
dience and are upheld as Christian virtues by the 
writers of the epistles. 

Legalism does not mean having the courage to speak 
out against modern-day laxness on the issues of im- 
morality, divorce, materialism and pride. These are 
glaring evidences that we are in the last times, and 



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Satan would shame us from protesting by "pious", 
false charges of legalism. 

Legalism is not the same as caring deeply about 
what our children are taught, how they act, and how 
they look. The adversary would say, "Give them free- 
dom to choose what they want in life; they have 
rights; you should not attempt to influence them." 
The more I see and understand the problems of child- 
hood and youth, the more I see the value of Ghristian 
parents who will make any sacrifice to teach their 
children the ways of God and influence them with all 
their power to choose rightly, to believe the truth, 
to know the ways of righteousness. Ghildren do have 
rights — they have the right to know the truth. They 
have a right to sound teaching and good examples. 
They have a right to have loving, caring, responsible 
parents* They have no right to be lawless and rebel- 
lious or to do wrong. 

One minister wrote recently regarding his denom- 
ination, and it applies to us and to Christians gen- 
erally. He wrote: "Something must be wrong with our 
perceptive powers if we see the church today threat- 
ened- by legalism. Rather, the wolf preying on the 
flock is permissiveness." This is the big danger to- 
day. And I think somehow it fits in with the de- J 
scription in Revelation 12 of the "flood" the serpent 
cast out of his mouth "that he might cause her (the 
"woman" or God's people) to be carried away of the 
flood." 

Legalism is always a danger. But let us under- 
stand it for what it is. Legalism is a r lack of the 
service from the heart. It is a reliance on outward 
forms. It is the absence of the new birth. It is 
wanting to have the Christian life so "cut and dried" 
that we don't have to think or pray or trust or love 
or be diligent. Jesus encountered it in the scribes 
and Pharisees, and He told them, "Woe unto you, ' 
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean 
the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within 
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this hypocrisy and be true and faithful, diligent and 
loving, and in all things trusting our Father in 
Heaven for His grace and mercy. — L.C. 

MY CITADEL 

In life I need a standard 

If I'm to live for Jesus, 

The One who died for me, 

The Holy One and just, ; •. 

I need to walk His highway 
That leads to paradise 
If I'm to live for Him 
And win a noble prize. 

In sorrow I need a comfort 
That draws Him very near 
If I'm to live for Jesus 
In days lonely and drear. 

I need a beckoning light 
That never grows dim 
If I'm to live for Jesus 
Through fears without, within, 

I need help with my problems 
To solve them on the way 
If I ! m to live with Jesus 
In a bright eternal day. 

Did my Lord remember 
While living here for Kim 
I f d need a tower of .refuge 
To renew my strength within? 

Oh yes, I find in the Bible, 
The Holy Word of God, 
The food I need most 
My Lord ne'er forgot. 

The Bible, how firm it stands^ 
Though scorned by infidels, 
It meets my life's demand. 
Precious Word, my Gitadel. 

By June Fountain, Auburn, California 



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HISTORICAL 
ANNA OF FREIBURG, A.D. 1529 

This Anna of Freiburg was zealous in the fear of 
the Lord and as she believed in Christ, and was bap- 
tized upon faith in Him, and thus sought to arise with 
Ghrist; and walk in newness of life, the adversary 
could not endure it; therefore Anna was envied, ac- 
cused, apprehended by his ministers, and after stead- 
fastly suffering many torments, sentenced to death, 
and drowned in the water, and afterwards burned with 
fire. This happened at Freiburg, in the year 1529. 
When she was about to die, she spoke the following 
prayer to God, and left these admonitions to all de- 
scendants. 

"Dear, eternal heavenly Father, I call upon Thee, 
from the depths of my heart; do not let me turn from 
Thee, but keep me in Thy truth unto my end. God, 
keep my heart and mouth; guard me, that I may never 
separate from Thee, on account of impending sorrow and 
anguish, or any manner of distress; keep me cheerful 
and glad in my sufferings. Eternal God, my dear 
Father instruct and teach me, Thy poor, unworthy 
child, that I may heed Thy ways and paths. Father, 
this is mj sincere desire, that through Thy power I 
may press even unto death, through all sorrows, suf- 
ferings, anguish and pain, and in this let me perse- 
vere, God, that I may not be separated from Thy 
love. There are many who now walk in this way; but 
the cup of suffering is given them to drink. We are 
also accused of false doctrine, in order to draw us 
from Christ our Lord. But God, I lift up my soul 
unto Thee and trust in Thee in every adversity; do 
not let me be confounded, lest my enemy exalt himself 
over me in this earth. I am now imprisoned here by 
him, but, God, I sincerely wait for Thee with great 
desire, until Thou wilt awaken, and deliver Thy pris- 
oners.. dear heavenly Father, make us prepared with 
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prudently wait for the bridegroom with His heavenly 
host. heavenly King, feed and refresh us according 
to the spirit with Thy heavenly meats, which never ■ 
perish but abide in life eternal; for if Thou should- 
est withdraw Thy food from us, all that we do, would 
with ourselves be in vain and perish. But, through 
Thy grace, we trust in Thee, that we shall not fail. 
I do not doubt in the least, the power of God; for 
His judgments are honored. He will forsake no one 
who firmly holds to Him in faith, and seeks to walk ' 
in His true ways. (Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 7:14) ye 
Christians, rejoice (Philippians 3:1.), and always be 
of good cheer in the Lord Jesus Christ; may He in- 
crease love and' faith in us. God comfort us by His 
holy word, in which we may firmly trust. I commend 
myself to God and His church; may He be my Protector 
today, for His holy name's sake. my Father, let it 
be done through Jesus Christ, iimen." 

Thereupon she voluntarily submitted to death, and 
was drowned in the water, as mentioned above. 

— Martyr * s Mirror , p. 434 

COMMUNION NOTICE 

We, the Old Brethren of the Eastern District, have 
agreed, the Lord willing, to hold a Spring Love Feast 
on May 12 and 13 at the Wakarusa meeting house. 

We heartily invite all of our members and friends 
to be with us and enjoy a time of fellowship and 
spiritual uplift. — Melvin Coning 

ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE 
The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on June 1, 2 & 3 
at the Salida meeting house, Salida, California. 
Friday, the first, will be council day; Saturday and 
Sunday (Pentecost) will be public preaching, and Satur- 
day evening will be the Communion service. A hearty 
invitation and welcome is extended to all our members 
and friends to attend. _ Daniel F# Wolf 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
THE BOY WHO SHARED 

Did you ever -wish very much you could keep something 
and then decide to share it with someone instead? 

Long ago when Jesus was on the earth, a boy shared 
his lunch with Him — and a strange thing happened. 

Jesus had been healing all the sick people that were 
brought to Him, and more and more people came every day 
until the crowds made Him very tired. 

One day Jesus told His disciples that they needed a 
rest. They quietly got on a ship and went to a place 
in the desert, but even there the people found them. 
When Jesus saw all the people He felt sorry for them, 
and n He began to teach them many things." When evening 
came the people were all hungry. But they were tired 
from their long walks and there was no place close 
where they could buy focd. What could they do? Would 
Jesus send them away tired and hungry? 

There was a boy along who had five small loaves of 
barley bread and two little fishes. Like the other 
people, he was hungry. But did he sneak off away from 
the others to eat his supper? Did he hide his food? 
No, he showed it to Jesus' friend, Andrew, and Andrew 
told Jesus. Jesus made all the people to sit down en 
the green grass. Then He thanked God for the food, and 
began giving it to the people. And somehow the bread 
and fishes grew and grew as it was passed out until 
everybody there had eaten all they wanted, and there 
were twelve baskets full of food left over! 

In that huge multitude there were thousands of people. 
But not one of them had to walk home hungry that night — 
because a boy had been willing to share. — S.K.R. 

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VOL. 26 APRIL, 1979 NO. 4 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 

RESURRECTION 

All was still on Calvary 1 s hill 

When Christ the Saviour died. 
Amid the gloom of Josephs tomb, 

His body lay inside. 

•■ ■' 
Roman sentries guard the entry; 

That seal no man dare break, .. 
Pilate adjured to make it sure; ,• : ■".. 

There must be no mistake. j 

All hell was glad, while saints were sad; 

Was not our Lord defeated? 
Was it not plain He died in vain, 

His mission not completed? 

When, lo, a quake — the seals break; 

The stone was rolled away! 
And Jod's own Son the victory won 

On that momentous day I 

Forth from the grave He came to save; 

He lives forevermore. 
Of Him we sing, our Lord and King; 

His matchless Name adore. 

Christ Divine, all power is Thine 

In earth and Heaven, too. 
What need we fear when Thou art near, 

What men or devils dot 

By R. Robb French 
Selected by Susie Sell 



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RESURRECTION POWER 

!! I am the resurrection, and the life; he that be- 
lieveth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he 
live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall 
never die* Believest thou this?" These words were 
spoken by our Lord and have been the consolation and 
joy of Christians ever since. It is what has prompt- 
ed godly men and women to withstand all the enemy 
could devise against them, that joyfully they could 
give everything they had and were, even life itself. 

As the truth of the resurrection was making its 
way into the early church it was opposed severely by 
Satan; even severe persecution was dealt to everyone 
that taught it. We believe Christ's resurrection is 
what bruised the serpent 's head. (Genesis 3:15) His 
rising from the dead destroyed' the power of death, 
hell, and the grave, Satan tried to prevent the res- 
urrection; he tried to destroy it after it happened; 
and lastly he is trying to dilute it to where men and 
women are losing the transforming power of it. 

Satan doesn't appreciate the truth and power of 
the resurrection any more now than in the early time 
of the church, but having failed in his first efforts, 
we feel he is using other means to destroy the power 
of it. Like it is said, "If you can't beat them, 
join them." We believe this is what Satan has done. 
The glory and benefits of the resurrection are being 
shouted from the house tops (which in itself looks 
good). It is celebrated in new garments, colored 
eggs, bunny rabbits, etc. Once a year church goers 
fill the church on Easter morning, believing they can 
receive the blessing of the resurrection in this dem- 
onstration of loyalty. These are only demonstrations 
of weakness rather than power. On Easter Sunday, or 
when someone passes on to eternity, is about the only 



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time the resurrection is taken seriously by many-. 

The early church was confronted about the truth of 
the resurrection. Satan devised an untruth from the 
very beginning, saying, "His disciples came and stole 
his body." With this being published, and the nature 
of man, we can see what kind of opposition the church 
had. Jesus wasn't seen openly after the resurrection 
like He was before. The responsibility to teach and 
reveal the resurrection to man was given to those who 
saw Him and talked to Him after His passion. There 
was no question in the minds of the apostles and oth- 
ers who saw Him alive after His resurrection and wit- 
nessed many infallible truths, being seen of them 
forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to 
the kingdom of God; They taught it boldly, not fear- 
ing the threatening of man, even to the giving of 
their lives. 

In the church of Jesus Christ the proof of the 
resurrection is settled for all time and seemingly 
doesn't need to be proven or questioned any more, ■ 
thanks be to the early church. It is said of the- 
early church -that in every meeting, in opening, the 
minister would say, "The Lord is risen," then in uni- 
son the congregation would say, "The Lord is risen 
indeed." It was their hope, joy and consolation. 
And to the true followe-r -of God, it is still the same 
experience, not only once a year, but every day of 
our life. 

The apostle Paul teaches that the resurrection is 
one of the elementary "teachings of Christ's kingdom. 
It is one of the first things we need to know: not 
only to know it as a historical fact, but that we 
feel and experience the power of the resurrection in 
our lives. We must know that we have risen to a new 
life, have been rescued from the power of darkness 
and have been translated into the kingdom of His dear 
Son, and that the sting is taken out of death and the 
grave. Only in knowing the former can we experience 
the latter. "But if the Spirit of him that raised up 
Jesus froni the dead dwell in you, he that raised up 
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal 



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bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 
8:11) We see by this scripture the need to have the 
Spirit and power of God to where He has transformed 
our lives if we expect the blessings of the first and 
glorious resurrection. 

The apostle Paul says (Philippians 3:7-11 ), ""But 
what things were gain to me, those I counted loss' for 
Ghrist. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but 
loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ 
Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of 
all things, and do count them but dung, that I may 
win Ghrist, And be found in him, not having mine own 
righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is 
through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which 
is of God by faith; That I may know him, and the 
power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his 
sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If 
by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of 
the dead." We are confident if we put this effort 
into knowing the power of the resurrection, we will 
have this power and strength to meet all conditions 
of life with hope, confidence and victory. 



— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 



"IF YE THEN BE RISEN WITH CHRIST..." 

Sheep follow their shepherd. Soldiers march after 
their captain. Students seek the knowledge and ex- 
perience of their teacher. Children imitate their 
parents. And Christians walk in the steps of their 
Lord and piaster, 

Jesus. told His disciples after He washed their 
feet, "For I have given you an example, that ye should 
do as I have done to you." (John 13:15) He told James 
and John, "Ye shall drink Indeed of my cup, and be 
baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with. . .« 
(Matthew 20; 23) He told Peter, "Follow me." (John 21; 
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"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the 
world ... As thou hast sent me into the world, even 
so have I also sent them Into the world." (John 17:16, 
18) These and many other scriptures show us that 
Jesus is the Pattern, the Example, the Leader of those 
who will follow Him. 

As one brother used to say, "Jesus came to show us 
how to live," meaning how to conduct ourselves in this 
life. He also came to show us how to die and how to 
rise and walk in new life and how to live forever. 
He didn't do this like the captains, teachers and 
leaders of this world. They teach and demonstrate and 
expect the followers to perform. They say, "If I can 
do it, you can do it." Jesus calls us to experiences 
new and impossible to the natural man. So His leader- 
ship and help are more like one leading a man lame and 
blind. The man cannot walk; he cannot see, without 
the help of the one leading him. It Is more like a 
little child taking his first steps grasping firmly 
to the capable hand of his father lest he fall. Jesus 
promises to be with us all the way and tells us the 
truth about ourselves when He says, ". . \ Without me 
ye can do nothing." We see' the picture more clearly 
when we understand the new birth. Being born from 
above we are enabled by the Holy Spirit to walk in- the 
"new and living way." 

Paul writes in Romans 6, "For If we have been 
planted together in the likeness of his death, we 
shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. . . 
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we 
shall also live with him." The Psalmist wrote, "Yea, 
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of 
death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. . ." 
And also "... I will be with him in trouble ..." 
We can enter any phase of the Christian experience 
knowing that Jesus will walk with us there. He is 
with us in our painful and convulsive death to sin and 
the old nature just as surely as He is with us through 
physical death. As He rose so gloriously from the 
tomb on the first day of the week, so we can "be also 
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The glory of the Resurrection did not end when 
Jesus rose from the dead. Nor must it be all in the 
future for the saints. We can know Resurrection glory 
and power now as we walk with the Lord. Paul's ear- 
nest longing was for the Resurrection of the dead when 
his scarred and battle-worn body would be changed and 
he would be clothed upon with immortality. But he had 
the present in view, also, when he wrote, "That I may 
know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the 
fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable 
unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto 
the resurrection of the dead." (Philippians 3:11 ,12) 
Jesus said n . . . because I live, ye shall live also." 
(John 14:10) "If ye then be risen with Ghrist, seek 
those things which are above, where Ghrist sitteth on 
the right hand of God." (Colossians 3:1) — L.C. 



HAS THE LORD CALLED YOU? 



Let's take a look at Ruth, the Moabite girl. Was 
she called of the Lord? Why did she leave her own 
people, her home, her country and go to a strange coun- 
try, strange people with strange ways? We don't know 
for sure just what kind of home she was used to, but 
somehow I don ! t believe she was afraid of work. Seeming- 
ly, she didn't let the words of others change her mind. 

Naomi had been good to her; they had shared their 
sorrow, shared their food, and shared their home. Now 
hard times had come. Naomi was going back to her own 
country and people. She felt there was no future for 
the girls with her. So she told them it would be better 
for them to return to their own people. 

We don't knew much about Orpah. She started otft with 
them. She seemed to love Naomi, but I guess as she 
looked ahead at the hills, the valleys, the rough places 
in the road, the uncertainty of what lay ahead, she got 
"cold feet", so to speak. But Ruth had been called by 
love. God was calling through Naomi. Even though 
Naomi had a lot of misfortune and was discouraged — 
"down in the dumps," as we would say — I expect Ruth 



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could detect a spark of hope in her — a faith that 
trusts when all the lights go out. I imagine Ruth had 
never seen this in her own people. 

Friends 5 we have the same God today. We are living : 
in trying days, dark days, sinful days. We may have 
to dc without; we may have to change our way of living. 
We may be tried, tested, afflicted. Yes, we may have 
to suffer, but our God has said, "I will never leave 
thee j nor forsake thee." Can God leve through you? 

— June Fountain 

Auburn , California 

SURELY, I COME QUICKLY 

"And, behold I come quickly; and my reward is with 
me, to give every man according as his work shall be-. 
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the 
first and the last." (Rev. 22:12,13) 

Jesus is coming again* Will we be ready? He says, 
"Will I find faith on the earth?" After Jesus ascended 
to His Father, "...two men stood by them in white appar- 
el; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye 
gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken 
up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner 
as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:10,11*)' 

This is how the Bible says He will; come: ".In, a mo- 
ment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: 
for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be 
raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (I Cor. 
15:52) This doesn*t sound, secret to me. "For the Lord 
himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the 
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and 
the dead in Christ shall rise first! Then we which are 
alive and remain shall be caught up together with them 
in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall 
we ever be with the Lordv • : Wherefore comfort one another 
with these words." (I Thess. 4:16-18) Jesus is coming 
soon. Will we be ready when He comes? We know that it 
can't be too far off. "SURELY I COME QUICKLY. AMEN. 
EVEN SO COME, LORD JESUS." —Philip Garter 

Hughson, California 



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ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS— Luke 24 

The way to Emmaus seemed longer that day, 

To the two who were walking the road — 
For each carried with him a sad, bleeding heart, 

And the weight on each heart seemed a load. 

Together they walked, and together they talked 

Of things that had happened of late: 
Of how they had seen Him, the Prophet of God, 

The victim of cruelty I Hate! 

They saw how the leaders delivered Him up — 

Condemned Him to die on the tree. 
And then as He died, their hopes, too, seemed to die; 

They ! d hoped the Redeemer was He. 

Three days now had passed since that terrible day, 

And some of the women had said — 
And not only they, but some others as well — 

That He was now raised from the dead! 

A soft step was heard, and a Stranger drew near 

To walk with them now on their way. 
He asked them of this they were talking about; 

They answered, perhaps with dismay I 

T, And are you a stranger among us?" they asked, 
For these things were known far and wide; 

How Jesus had claimed to be God's only Son, 
And now He was deadl Crucified I 

But now as they walked, 'twas the third Man who talked 

Expounding the Scripture with power I 
For it was no stranger who walked with the two — 

1 Twas Christ walking with them that hour. 

The evening was coming. They urged Him to stay. 
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And then as the Stranger-man blessed and broke bread , 
They knew who it was, this their Guest, 

And I j like the two, have been burdened at times, 

And doubtful and weary and sad, 
But then He has come and has walked by my side; 

He has lifted my load — and made glad. 



By Geneva Showerman 
Selected by Ruth Crawmer 



REMEMBER. . . 

That night, in that upper room; 
Jesus' death now would be soon. 
Gathered with His chosen twelve, they ate; 
To commune with dear Jesus until late. 

Then Jesus arose and washed their feet. 
"This do in remembrance of me; 
For an example have I given you; 
So as I do, you should do. 

Then Jesus said, "One of you will betray. 1 ' 

They all wonder at this: "Surely not I," they say. 

Then one asks, "Lord, who is it?" 

He gave the sop to Judas Iscariot. 

We, today, are disciples too, 
And we too, wonder who? 
But examine ourselves: "Is it I?" 
Be unlike Peter; do not deny, 

— Ron Cable 

Goshen, Indiana 



ADDRESS CHINGE 

Willard Eugene Miller 7948 Dodson Road 

Brookville, Ohio 45309 



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OBITUARY 

ALICE (KING) BOONE, daughter of John Reuben and 
Luticia (Wright) King was born Nov* 7 , 1898 in Floyd 
County, Va. She departed* this life March 15$ 1979 in 
Roanoke County, Va. On June 15, 1918 she was married 
to John Dempsey Boone. To this union were bcrn five 
daughters and eight sons. 

She was baptized in the Old German Baptist Church in 
Aug. 1918 in which faith she remained. She served with 
her husband in the office of deacon until May 16, 1933 
when they were called to the ministry. She suffered 
the loss of her companion June 26, 1945* 

On April 25, 1948 she was married to Elder Cephas R*. 
Boone. They and her seven youngest children made their 
home in Quinter, Kansas. 

In later years In October, 1971 due to failing health 
Papa Cephas and Mother moved to California to be in a 
convalescent home. She was again left a widow May 9, 
1973. She remained in California until Sept. 5, 1978 
when she returned to Virginia making her home with her 
children there. 

Surviving her are five daughters: Anna Divers, 
Roanoke, Va.; Jessie Durham, Covington, 0.; Rachel 
Johnson, Rocky Mt., Va.; Lucy Johnson, Gladehill, Va,; 
Pauline Brooks, Rocky Mt., Va.; eight sons: John C. 
Boone, Roanoke, Va.; Thomas E. Boone, Wirt 2^ Va.; James 
H. Boone, Roanoke, Va. ; Robert C. Boone, Tipp City, 0. ; 
Claude D. Boone, New Lebanon, 0.; Clyde J. Boone, New 
Paris, 0.; Ralph K. Boone, Modesto, Ca.j Buren L. Boone, 
Modesto, Ca.; three stepdaughters: Ruby Ycder, Engle- 
wood, 0.; Annie Silvers, Modesto, Ca.; Alma Brubaker, 
Lafayette, Ind.; Three stepsons: Jesse C. Boone, 
Quinter, Kan.; James D. Boone, Quinter, Kan.:- Aretas C. 
Boone, Modesto, Calif.; 41 grandchildren; 31 great- 
grandchildren; 28 stepgrandchildren; 74 step great- 
grandchildren; one sister; Lucy Poff, -"Martinsville, 
Va.; three brothers: Wilbur and Paul King, Chilliccthe, 
0. and Silas King, Shawsville, Va.; one sister-in-law; 
Alice (Brubaker) Boone. 



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Mother had been afflicted for many years with arth- 
ritis and other complications; however, she was much 
better the last few days of her life. Her death was 
unexpected. In her years of service to her Master she 
called for the elders and was anointed several times, . 
from which she gained much comfort. She was a loving 
mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. To know 
her was to love her. 

Funeral services were conducted at Peters Creek 
German Baptist Church on March 17, 1979 by the home 
brethren. They used Psalms 121 and 23 > II Timothy 4: 
6,7,8, Hymns 498, 453 and 522 at the Church and Hymns 
384, 452 and 499 at the grave. Her body was laid to 
rest in the Boone Family Cemetery to await the Resur- 
rection Morn. 

— The Family 



BAPTISMS 

Once more we were made to rejoice with Heaven when 
two more precious souls requested and received Christian 
Baptism — Anna Marie Wagner on April 1 and Lisa Royer on 
April 15. May the Lord guide them both to a faithful 
walk with Him. 

— Melvin Coning 

We of the Salida Congregation were made to rejoice 
with the angels of Heaven when another precious soul, 
Jerry Cover, was received into our fellowship April I 
by a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ and 
Holy Baptism. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 



MARRIAGE 

R0YER-SKIL15S Philip Royer and Annette Skiles were 
united in marriage on March 25 near Goshen, Indiana, 

New address: 64656 State Road 19 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
(219) 862-4760 



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HISTORICAL 

GOVERT, GILLIS, MARIKEN, 
AND ANNEKEN, A. D. 1550 

On the last of January, 1550, there were offered up 
for the faith, at Lier, In Brabant, four pious Chris- 
tians, named Govert, Gillis, Mariken and Anneken, who, 
as sheep for the slaughter, had been apprehended with- 
out violence. When they were brought before the coun- 
cil, and questioned concerning their faith, they made 
a frank and unfeigned confession of it. The bailiff 
then said: "You stand here to defend yourselves?" 

Govert replied: "As regards my faith, I have free- 
ly confessed it, and shall turn to no other; though 
it cost my life, I will adhere to it." 

Forthwith the imperial edict was read to them, and 
the bailiff asked them whether they understood its 
contents* 

Govert said: "God has commanded us through Ghrist, 
as is recorded in the sixteenth chapter of Mark, that 
all who believe and are baptized shall be saved, and 
that those who do not believe shall be damned; but the 
emperor, in his blind judgment, has commanded that 
whoever is baptized upon his faith, shall be put to 
death without mercy. These two commands militate a- 
gainst each other; one of the two we must forsake; but 
everyone ought to know that we must keep the command 
of God; for though Satan teaches that we are heretics, 
yet we do not act contrary to the Word of God." 

When they were led to the tribunal, Govert said to 
the priests: "Take off your long robes, put on sack 
cloth, put ashes on your heads, and repent, like those 
of Nineveh. " 

In the court the bailiff asked him whether he de- 
sired no favor. 

He replied: "I will not ask for your favor; for 
v/hat I cannot do without, the most high God will give 
me. " 

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desire a favor, before sentence is passed upon you?" 
She answered: "I shall ask favor of God, my ref- 
uge . " 

Mariken, an old woman of seventy-five years, was 

asked whether she would confess her sins to the 
priest* 

She replied; "I am sorry that I ever confessed my 
sins to the mortal ears of the priests. 11 

Seeing some brethren, Govert turned his face and 
joyfully comforted them, saying among other things: 
»I pray God, that you may be thus imprisoned for. His 
glory, as I now am. " 

The bailiff very fiercely said, "Be still, for 
your preaching Is of no account here." 

"My lord bailiff," said he, "I speak only five or 
six words, which God has given me to speak, does this 
give you so much pain?" And when the people murmured 
on this account, he said: "This has been witnessed 
from the time of righteous Abel, that the righteous 
have suffered reproach, hence be not astonished." 
The two servants that stood by him said: "You must 
net speak; the bailiff will not have it; hence be 
still." 

Immediately God closed his mouth, which grieved 
many. Oil lis was not questioned, and he said nothing 
at all; but they were led back to prison, where they 
rejoiced together, and sang: Saligh is den man, en 
goet geheeten ; and also the forty-first psalm. The 
bailiff then came into prison, and asked Govert, 
whether he had considered the matter; to which he re- 
plied: "Unless you repent, the punishment of God 
shall come upon you." The bailiff looked out of the 
window, and said: "Will God damn all this multitude 
of people?" 

Govert replied: "I have spoken the Word of God to 
you; but I hope there are still people here who fear 
God?" 

The bailiff then turned to Anne ken, and asked her 
what she had to say to it. 

She replied: "Lord bailiff, twice I have been 
greatly honored in this city, namely, when I was 



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married, and when my husband became emperor; but I 
never had a joy that did not perish, as I now have." 

On his way to death, Govert delivered an excellent 
admonition, reproving the wicked railing, and said: 
"Be it known to you, that we do not die for theft, 
murder or heresy, but because we seek an inheritance 
with God, and live according to His Word," 

The executioner commanded him silence, but he said: 
"Leave God be with me for a little while; repent, for 
your life is short." 

A brother then said: "God will strengthen you." 

"Oh, yes 9 u said he, "the power of His Spirit is not 
weakening in me." 

The monk attempted to speak to hariken, but Govert 
said: "Get you hence, deceiver, to your own people; 
for we have no need of you. " - 

Entering the ring, Govert said to the gild-brothers: 
"How you stand here with sticks and staves? Thus 
stood the Jews when they brought Christ to death; if 
we had been afraid of this, we would have fled in 
time, l! ■ k - - 

They then knelt down together, and prayed; where- 
upon they kissed each other. Anneken immediately '■ 
commenced to sing: "In thee, Lord, do I put my 
trust." (Psalm 71:1) The servants told her to : be 
still; but Govert said: "No, sister, sing on, n and 
helped her sing. Enraged at this,' the bailiff,, .called 
to him a servant, and whispered something in his "earv 
The latter went to the assistant of* the executioner, 
who, upon receiving the order, immediately put a gag 
on Govert; but the latter held his teeth so firmly 
closed, that the gag did not hinder him much, and he 
laughingly said: "I could easily sing .with the gag 
on; but Paul says: ! Sing in your heart to God. Mt 
(Ephesians 5:19) 

The executioner, in order to put her to shame, made 
Anneken stand in her bare chemise. A servant asked 
Gill is whether he did not. see some of his people. 
Gillis said: "Do you know of nothing else to torment 
us with?" "What does he say?" asked Govert. "He 



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inquires for our fellow brethren, 1 * replied Gillis. 
Govert said: "Though I could count twenty, I would 
not mention a single one. You think that by killing 
us you can suppress the Word of God;, but of those that 
hear and see this, hundreds shall yet come forth." 
Standing at the stake, he said: "Amend your ways and 
repent; for after this there will be no more time for 
repentance." A servant who had a bottle of wine,, ■ 
asked them whether they wished to drink. Govert said: 
"We have no desire for your insipid wine; for our 
Father shall give us new wine in His eternal kingdom." 
(Matthew 26:29) When it was thought that the old 
woman had been strangled at the stake, she began to 
sing a hymn in honor of her- -Bridegroom, which when ■ 
Anneken heard it, she, from ardent love, sang with 
her. When they all stood at their, stakes, each with 
a strap around the neck, they .smiled at and nodded to 
one^ another, thus affectionately saluting and comfort- 
ing each other, and commending their souls into the 
hands of God, they fell asleep in the Lord, and were 
burned . 

— Martyrs Mirror , p. 494 . 



COMMUNION NOTICE 

We, the Old Brethren of the Eastern District, have^ 
agreed, the Lord willing, to hold a Spring Love Feast 
on May 12 and 13 at the Wakarusa meeting house. 

We heartily invite all of our members and friends 
to be with "us. and enjoy a time of fellowship and 
spiritual uplift. . —Melvin Coning 

ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE :: 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will ■ 
be -held this year, the Lord willing, on June 1, 2 & 3 
at the Salida meeting house/ Salida, California. 
Friday, the first, will be council day; Saturday and ■ 
Sunday (Pentecost) will be public preaching, and Satur- 
day evening will be the Communion service. A hearty 
invitation and welcome is extended to all our members 
and friends to attend. Daniel F. Wolf 



CHILDREN *S PAGE 
THE CHILDREN WHO MOCKED 

Dc you knew what mocking is? The Bible tells us of 
a time when forty-twc children were killed, cr at least 
badly wounded, because they mocked a. man of God. 

When we make fun of a person, when we laugh at how 
he dees something or make fun of what he believes, we 
are mocking him. This is a serious wrong. We cannot 
mock someone and be keeping the Golden Rule, because 
none of us likes to be mocked. 

Long years ago, after the prophet Elijah went up to 
Heaven in a chariot of fire, the younger prophet 
Elisha took his place. Elisha was also a man of God, 
and a person who did many miracles by God's power. 

Soon after Elijah left him, Elisha was walking from 
the city cf Jericho to the city of Bethel. New Bethel 
was at this time an idolatrous city where the wicked 
King Jeroboam had put a golden calf for the people to 
worship. And as Elisha, the prophet of Gcd, came 
closer, little children came out of the city and began 
making fun of him. "Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou 
bald head," they shouted at him again and again. "Go 
away," they were probably saying, "We don r t want you 
here*" 

Elisha "turned back, and looked on them." Yes, his 
head was bald, just as God had made it; and his heart 
was sad. We believe that ordinarily Elisha loved 
little children. But these were wicked children who 
would only grow up to hate God. In the name of the 
Lord he asked Gcd to punish them, and God sent twe 
bears out of the woods to tear the children. 

Forty-twc children were torn by the bears because 
they had mocked a man of God. — SKB 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



HARK, TEN THOUSAND HARES AND VOICES 

Hark, ten thousand harps .and voices 
Sound the note of praise above L 

Jesus reigns, and Heaven rejoices;. *.-.;-,: 

Jesus reigns, the God 'of love; 
See, He sits on yonder throne; 
Jesus rules the world alone* 

Jesus, hail I whose glory brightens 
All above, and gives it worth; 
Lord of life, Thy .smile enlightens, 
Cheers and charms Thy. saints on earth; 
When we think of love like Thine, 
Lord, we own it love divine. 

Saviour, hasten Thine appearing; 
Bring, bring the glorious day, 
When, the awful summons hearing 
Heaven and earth shall pass away. 
Then with golden harps we'll sing A 
"Glory, glory to our King I " 



Thomas Kelly, l&OL 



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PRIVILEGE AND OBLIGATION 

With every privilege and benefit which we enjoy- 
there is an obligation because it has been obtained 
at a greater or lesser cost by someone in personal 
service or sacrifice of life or goods. The obligation 
consists in preserving the value and passing on to 
others about us and to our posterity the benefits 
which we have received. To not do so is to deny the 
law of God which says, "Love thy neighbor as thyself fl 
and "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill 
the law of Christ." 

The price of freedom is responsibility. It seems 
evident that all of God's purposes and plans for the 
good of humanity was not yet revealed to Kdam and Eve 
when He placed them in the Garden of Eden and assigned 
to them their duties. They had capabilities which 
were not yet realized because they had not partaken 
of the tree of life which was in their midst, and of 
which if they were to eat they would live forever. 
They were innocent and perhaps did not fully realize 
their condition and the privilege which they had to 
choose. 

The tree of KNOWLEDGE of good and evil was also in 
the midst of the Garden. God knew "good and evil" and 
He did not hide from them the fact that it existed. 
But He warned them of the consequences — if they should 
eat of it they would die. Evidently, in their present 
state, they were not qualified to accept the responsi- 
bility which the knowledge of good and evil would im- 
pose upon them. God did not will that they should 
have the knowledge of good and evil because they were 
not at that time sufficient for it. And because they 
were created to live and not die God mercifully warned 
them, "In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt sure- 
ly die." 



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But Satan said, n Ye shall not surely die: For God 
doth know that in the day ye eat thereof , then your 
eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, know- 
ing good and evil." Here the temptation was clearly 
an appeal to lust for privilege without the ability 
or regard for the responsibility -which followed. It 
was a great and blessed privilege to be created in 
the image of God and to be placed in the lovely para- 
dise of Eden and to have access to the tree of life, 
to live forever and have God to be their Father. 
Their first obligation was to be obedient to Him, 
which was altogether for their good and blessed es- 
tate, and not lust for privilege which did not belong 
to them and they were unable to bear. 

When we know "good and, evil" we are immediately 
obligated to choose the good and refuse the evil. To 
ignore this obligation is to commit sin. For "To him 
that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it 
is sin." To choose the good and refuse the evil is 
godly, and it is said of Jesus and His government, 
"Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity." 

Knowledge is power, and power used selfishly or 
for wrong purposes is evil. The highest attainment 
of moral beings is peace, and every moral being is 
wholly obligated to secure the happiness of all other 
such beings. 

God made the world and all its fulness with the • 
greatest efficiency for the well being and happiness 
of all holy beings in the universe as we are told in ; , 
the Bible, "For thy glory they are and were created. "- 
Such high efficiency and goodness is. worthy of all 
praise and honour of the creature for the Creator. 

The greatest efficiency is of necessity the great- 
est order, and for its preservation all moral beings 
are obligated to maintain and be obedient to that 
order. Because of these blessed benefits and priv- 
ileges bestowed upon us freely by our Creator, we are 
supremely obligated to obey His laws which procure and 
insure the well being and happiness of all other be- 
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For some reason, not known to us, it was possible 
for some of the heavenly beings to refuse to harmonize 
or keep their place in the great order of God in the 
government of the universe. And so we are told that 
"Lucifer 11 or Satan rebelled and said in his heart, "I 
will exalt my throne above the stars of God: ... I 
will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:13,14) Ap- 
parently it was his intention to possess that which 
was not his right to have, which he had not created 
nor given anything for. He wished to take over the 
work and position of another. He saw only the priv- 
ilege and honor of such a position without regard to 
its obligation and responsibility. Often men in the 
church and in human societies are guilty of this same 
offence. They desire the honor and privileges that 
in certain ways are due to those who hold offices of 
leadership among the people but have no regard for 
the obligation that also must accompany it to give 
unselfishly of themselves for the good of those whom 
they serve. The Lord complained bitterly of the pas- 
tors and shepherds of His people Israel in olden time 
for this sore evil, as we may read in the 34th chap- 
ter of Ezekiel. And there may be many such pastors 
today who are satisfied to use the privileges of such 
an office without accepting the obligations that ac- 
company it. 

We are using our privilege without obligation when 
we use upon ourselves for our own benefit and satis- 
faction all the heritage of wholesome living and 
Christian training which our parents and the church 
have handed down to us, and then we refuse or fail to 
pass it on to our children and their posterity. We 
are obligated to pass on to those who come after us 
the same rich heritage in the home and in the church 
which our fathers have given to us. 

We seek privilege without obligation when we claim 
the blessings of salvation and eternal life which 
Jesus purchased for us with His own blocd on Calvary, 
and when we refuse to separate ourselves from all 
known sin and be a living testimony for Him among our 
fellow men while here in the world and for whom He 
also died. 



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The desire to be as gods, knowing good and evil, 
resulted in the fall of our first parents in Eden and 
their expulsion from paradise. At the same time a 
Redeemer was promised Who would be able to bruise the 
serpent's head, but He Himself would also suffer in 
the conflict. It is also probable that the slaying 
of an innocent victim to provide clothes for the 
guilty pair was a type of the sacrifice which would 
sometime be made to save lost sinners. 

Christ was the promised Redeemer, and because He 
was one of the Godhead and in complete union with the 
Father and had the same love for fallen man, it was 
deemed expedient and necessary that He should make an 
atonement for sins by the sacrifice of Himself on the 
cross. He accepted this obligation willingly as is 
shown by His prayer in Gethsemane: "Not my will but 
thine be done." And when Peter would defend Him with 
the sword, He commanded him to put up the sword again 
and said, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my 
Father, and he shall presently give me more than 
twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the 
Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?" In 
Hebrews 12:2 we are told that "for the joy that was 
set before him (he) endured the cross, despising the 
shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne 
of God." 

This is the highest privilege and office in the 
government of God, and Jesus willingly accepted all 
of the obligations which devolved upon Him to make 
Its fulfillment and joy complete in obedience to the 
will of the Father. 

During Jesus' ministry on earth, Satan tempted Him 
in every way possible to induce Him to not accept the 
obligation of obedience to the Father's will in re- 
demption but to exercise His divine right and power 
to have the Kingdom and the glory without first offer- 
ing Himself as a ransom for sin. 

How wonderfully loving and beneficient was our God 
and Christ the Son to let nothing change the divine 
purpose to take away our sins and purchase for us a 



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blessed inheritance of eternal life and happiness. 
This is the greatest of all privileges and places 
upon us the greatest of all obligation. 

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to 

love one another. " 

—Daniel P. Wolf 

Modesto, California 



JUDAS 



"For he was numbered with us, and had obtained 
part of this ministry . . . and his bishoprick let 
another take." _ Acts 1s17j20 

The time was shortly before Pentecost. An expect- 
ant and harmonious little group was following Jesus 1 
instructions to "wait for the promise of the Father 
which ye have heard of me." Peter stood up and spoke 
about Judas "which was guide to them that took Jesus." 
Judas could have been there too if he had not turned 
traitor and then, in. remorse, taken his own life. 
His is one of the saddest stories of all time. 

Likely he started out well. Jesus chose him above 
other possible workers. When He sent them out two i by 
two, Judas was along. He likely preached that the 
Lord Jesus was coming and the Kingdom of God was at 
hand. His trouble may have started with little 
things. The money of the treasury in his charge, 
though likely meager at times, may have begun to look 
too good to him. He began helping himself and earned 
the title of thief. He may have been jealous of the 
others^-e specially Pet^r, James and John* They all 
had hopes of being great ones in the coming Kingdom. 

Can we imagine a place of greater opportunity? . 
Judas had the privilege to see and hear' the Lord 
Jesus Himself. He could have said like John did: 
"That which was from th§ beginning, which we have ; 
heard, which we have see£ with our eyes, which we , 
have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the 
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"on the mount 11 he still could have said with Peter, 
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, 
when we made known unto you the power and coming of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his 
majesty." 

According to Scripture, God is not willing that any 
should perish, but that all should come to repentance, 
and surely Judas would be included. Jesus would glad- 
ly have claimed them all. Instead, in His prayer to 
the Father in John 17:12 He must say, ,! . . . those 
that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is 
lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture 
might be fulfilled." 

Was Judas' case so much different from others who 
fail? Certainly it was special since his calling was 
so special. He was called to be one of Jesus 1 twelve 
apostles who would carry the Gospel to the world. But 
how much real difference (except in degree of offence) 
was there in his case compared to any other who is 
called to be a son of God and refuses so great a priv- 
ilege? There is nc excuse. It is like the father of 
lies, Satan himself — he rebelled against his God and 
there was no excuse or reason for his sin. About 
Judas, Jesus said "The Son of man indeed goeth, as it 
is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son 
of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he 
had never been born." (hark 14:21) 

But the work must go on. To Peter it was revealed 
that one must be ordained to take the place of Judas. 
He must be an eyewitness from the first of Jesus 1 min- 
istry. "Wherefore of these men which have companied 
with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and 
out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto 
the same day that he was taken up from us, must one be 
ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection." 
Two names were given; Matthias was chosen, "and he was 
numbered with the eleven apostles." 

Some teach that Peter ran ahead here and that God's 
choice was Paul later. However, Paul was not an eye- 
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Pentecost. Paul's usefulness as an apostle is above 
question, but Paul and Barnabas were both apostles and 
both later converts. When the Holy Spirit was given, 
there were twelve apostles of Jesus who were eyewit- 
nesses of His ministry and resurrection who were given 
the command and the power to carry the Gospel of the , 
Kingdom "unto the uttermost part of the earth." 

If the case of Judas was similar to all others who. 
have opportunity to serve the Lord and fail, then his 
life and death can be a lesson for all time. To re- 
ceive this lesson we should know what his mistakes 
were. First, he was greedy. I Timothy 6:10,11 says, 
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which 
while some coveted after, they have erred from the 
faith, and pierced themselves through with many sor- 
rows. But thou, man of God, flee these things; and 
follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, 
patience, meekness." We, especially, in our affluent 
aociety must not be caught in this snare. Our affec- 
tions simply must be set on things above, not on 
things on the earth. 

"■ Judas was not teachable — he was not childlike. 
When Mary anointed the feet of Jesus (and His head 
according to Matthew and hark) in the house of Simon 
the Leper in Bethany, it was a most sacred act of a- 
nointing His body for burial, and Jesus commended her 
highly for it. Judas, however, saw it as a waste of 
costly ointment — 300 pence worth (well over ^50.00 of 
our money) that could have gone to the treasury for 
the poor and been seized for his personal use. Jesus 
defended Mary's act. and openly called Judas down: 
n Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath 
she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; 
but me ye have not always." Judas, instead of learn- 
ing from this, apparently took it as an insult. Ac- 
cording to Matthew's account (26:14-) Judas went then 
to the chief priests and made the fatal deal to betray 
Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Then after Jesus in- 
dicated him as the betrayer while they were eating the 
last supper the record says Satan entered into him. 



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Some say that Judas delivered Jesus into the hands 
of the priests expecting Him to show His power and 
not allow Himself to be taken. But I doubt that 
Judas ! motives were that good. When he betrayed the 
Lord he must have expected and intended that the 
chief priests would see Him killed. So his second 
mistake of not allowing Jesus to teach him led to his 
third and worst one which was rebellion against God. 

As stated before , Judas had the privilege to walk 
and talk with Jesus in the flesh. We don't have that 
same opportunity but perhaps ours is just as great, 
Jesus said that when He went away He would send the 
Comforter — the Holy Spirit of God — to guide us Into 
all truth. The Comforter would speak what He would 
hear from God, and He would glorify Jesus. Jesus al- 
so said "... the words that . I speak unto you, they 
are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63) So, al- 
though we do not have Jesus walking with us in the 
flesh, we do have His Spirit and His Words, hay we 
beware that we do not fall into the errors of Judas. 
May we be teachable, receptive to His Word and not 
rebel against Him. If we find ourselves in error — 
and we do if we are ' human — let us repent and humble 
ourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may 
exalt us i n due time. — L.C. 

THE CHRISTIAN MOTHER 

The Christian mother never walks alone; 

Bright angels guide her steps " along the way* 

Her fervent prayers, ascending to God ! s throne. 

Bring joyous faith to light the darkest day. 

She judge th well if it be right or wrong, 
The path her children oft would seek to tread; 
She wearies not, though daily tasks be long, 
If her cVdld but receives the Living Breadl 

Blessed of the Lord, before the world she stands; 
Filled is her heart with His own tender love. 
Soft is her touch, but strong her guiding hands, — 
The Christian mother — sent from God above! 

— Dan H. Reese (Selected) 



10 THE PILGR IM 

■ THE NARROW WAY 

The path may seem narrow; the mountains steep , 

The winds may be boisterous and the ruts deep, 

The clouds may hide the sun along the way — 

DonVt be discouraged; pause a moment and pray. 

The walk might seem toilsome, the work tiring; 

Renew thy zeali It's the way trod by our King. 

After climbing the mountain, the way is not so steep; 

If we stay out of the ruts, they don't get so deep. 

The wind blows the clouds away; the sunlight appears I 

Our eyes glance Heavenward; there is One who cares i 

What peace, what contentment and joy one can find 

In walking the narrow way; in struggling to climb 

To higher plains — a holier and more humble life 

That is submitted to God and void of worldly strife. 

The way may look very narrow and so dreary, 

But let us not allow ourselves to become weary 

With walking with the Lord and living in His will: 

He kept His promises in ages past; He keeps them still. 

Look Heavenward with patience and hope in your soul; 

In the strength of Christ we shall all reach our goal — 

The goal of the saints — to enter in at the strait gate; 

To sing praises to God eternally without restraint. 

— Loraine Bayer 
Dayton, Ohio 

GOD KNOWS BEST 

I have been through the valley of weeping, 

The valley of .sorrow and pain; 
But the God of all comfort was with me, 

At hand to uphold and sustain. 

As the earth needs the clouds and the sunshine, 
Our souls need both sorrow and joy; 

So He places us oft in the furnace, 
The dross from the gold to destroy. 



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When He leads through some valley of trouble, 

His omnipotent hand we can trace , 
For the trials and sorrow He sends us 

Are part of His lessons in grace. 

Oft we shrink from the purging and pruning , 

Forgetting the Husbandman knows 
That the deeper the cutting and paring, 

The richer the cluster that grows. 

Well He knows that affliction is needed, 

He has a wise purpose in view, 
And in the dark valley He whispers , 

"Hereafter, thou wilt know what I do." 

As we travel through. life r s shadowed valley, 
Fresh springs of -His -love ever rise; 

And we learn that our sorrows and losses 
Are blessings just sent in disguise. 

So we'll follow wherever He leadeth, 

Let the path be dreary. or bright, 
For we've proved that our God can give comfort , 
Our God can give songs in the night. 

- Author unknown 
Selected by Susie Sell 



ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE 

The Annual Meeting of .the Old Brethren Ghurch will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on June 1, 2 & 3 
at the Salida meeting house, Salida, California. 
Friday, the first, will be council day; Saturday and 
Sunday (Pentecost) will be public preaching, and Satur- 
day evening will be the Communion service. A hearty 
invitation and welcome is extended to all our members 
and friends to attebd. 

"' ; —Daniel F. Wolf 



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THE BIBLE 

The Bible is the precious Book 

To guide us in our strife; 
We can not get along without 

It in our daily life. 

The Bible leads us every day — 

The Lord we can not fool — 
In work or play or even when 

We are attending school. 

The Bible is the only Book 

Our children's guide should be, 

So please don't take this Book away; 
It means so much, you see. 

The Bible is our guide in life 

For young and old alike. 
And so let us all use it well 

Each morning, noon, and night. 

— Thelma Wagner 
Bradford, Ohio 

WHO PRAYED? 

Did you think of us this morning 
As you breathed a word of prayer? 

Did you ask for strength to help us 
All our heavy burdens bear? 

Someone prayed, and strength was given 

For the long and weary roadj 
Someone prayed and faith grew stronger 

As we bent beneath our load. 

Someone prayed — the way grew brighter, 

And we walked on unafraid. 
In our heart a song of gladness — 

Tell me, was it you who prayed? 

Selected by Leona Miller 



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" HAVING A GOOD CONSCIENCE... 11 
(I Peter 3tl6) 

What is a good conscience? God has put within each 
one of us something that cries aloud against us when- 
ever we do that which we know to be wrong. Conscience 
is the detective that watches the direction of our steps 
and decries every conscious transgression. Conscience 
is a vigilant eye before which each imagination, thought, 
and act, is held up for either censure or approval. I 
believe there is no greater argument for the existence 
of God in the world today than conscience. There is no 
greater proof of the existence of a moral law and Law- 
giver in the universe than this little light of the soul. 
It is God's voice to the inner man. Conscience is our 
wisest counselor and teacher, our most faithful and most 
patient friend. —Billy Graham 

Selected by Ronald Cable 

THIS APPLY TO YOU? 

Xvxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, -it works 
ouitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of thx kxys. I havx wishxd 
at timxs that it workxd pxrfxctly. It is trux that 
thxrx arx forty-six kxys that function wxll xnough but 
just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx. 

Somxtimxs it sxxms to mx that a church or any othxr 
organization is somxwhat likx my typxwritxr — not all 
thx pxoplx working prcpxrly. 

You may say to yoursxlf, M I am only onx. I won r t 
makx or brxak thx church. " But it doxs makx a diffxr- 
xncxbxcausx any organization , to bx xffxctivx nxxds 
thx activx participation of xvxry mxmbxr, 

So, thx nxxt timx you think you arx only onx and 
that your xfforts arx not nxxdxd, rxmxmbxr my typx- 
writxr and say to yoursxlf, "lama kxy mxmbxr in my 
church, and I am nxxdxd vxry much." 

Selected by Danette Skiles 



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HISTORICAL 

GERRIT HASEPOOT BURNED, A, D. 1556 * 

In the summer of 1556 there was in the city of 
Nimeguen, a faithful brother, named Gerrit Hasepoot, 
a tailor by trade. Having fled from the city, on ac- 
count of severe persecution, he secretly returned, 
sinc.e his wife and children were still living there. 
He was seen by the bailiff *s guard, who reported it 
to their master. The bailiff, a very bloodthirsty 
man, immediately went after him, and took him with 
him. Thus this friend of Christ had to separate from 
his wife and children, and go into prison, tribulation 
and misery, for the name of Jesus. When very severely 
examined by the lords of this world, he freely con- 
fessed, his faith, and was not ashamed of the truth. 
(Romans 1:1 6) He was therefore sentenced to death by 
them, that is, to be burnt at the stake, which sen- 
tence he received very bravely. This having taken 
plage, his wife came to him, into the city hall, to 
speak with him once more, and to take leave and bid 
her' dear husband farewell.. She had in her arm an in- 
fant, which she could * scarcely hold, because of her 
great grief. When wine was poured out to him, as is 
customary to do to those sentenced to death (Proverbs 
31:6), he said to his wife: "I have no desire for 
this wine; but I hope to drink the new wine, which 
will be given to me above in the kingdom of my Father." 
Thus the two separated with great grief, and bade each 
other adieu in this -world; for the woman could hardly 
stand on her feet any longer, but seemed to fall into 
a swoon through grief. When he was led to death, and 
having been brought from the wagon upon the scaffold, 
he lifted up his voice, and sang the hymn: 

"Father in heaven, I call: 
Oh, strengthen now my faith." 

Thereupon he fell upon his knees, and fervently prayed 
to God. Having been placed at the stake, he kicked 



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his slippers from his feet, saying: "It were a pity 
to burn them for they can be of service still to some 
poor person." The rope with which he was to be stran- 
gled, becoming a little loose , having not been twisted 
well by the executioner, he again lifted up his voice, 
and sang the end of said hymn: 

"Brethren, sisters, all, good-bye! 

We now must separate, 

Till we meet beyond the sky, 

With Christ our only Head: 

For this yourselves prepare, 

And I r ll await you there." 

The executioner again twisting the rope, this wit- 
ness of Jesus fell asleep in the Lord, and was burnt, 
voluntarily surrendering for the truth, his perishable 
body, which he had received from God, and thus fought 
the fight, finished his course, and kept' the faith, 
and there is now laid up for him :.the crown, of eternal 
glory. 

Previous to the year 1557, under the reign of the 
Palsgrave of the Rhine, several of those baptized ac- 
cording to the ordinance of Christ were cast Into 
prison, and exiled from the country, as appears from 
the preface to the Franker! thalische Gespraech , and 
also in the prefaee to the Oude Qfferboeck . of the 
year 1616, letter Y, on the other side. 

From this it appears that the Baptist Christians 
at this time had to suffer not only from the Romanists, 
but also from those who had forsaken the Roman church 
and many of her superstitions; from which it may be 
seen what great distress the church of God then had 
to suffer, Insomuch that ^freedom of conscience was 
nowhere to be found, since among the papists they 
were deprive^ of their lives, and among other denom- 
inations of the liberty to practice their religious 
worship. 

— Martyrs Mirror , p. 56O 



L. 



16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

TIMOTHY 

His father did not serve the Lord 

(A pagan Greek was he,) 
His mother, though",, obeyed God's Word 

And called him Timothy. 

Now, "Timothy" means "honoring God;" 

His mother Eunice prayed 
That Timothy might honor God, 

With all His will obeyed. 

She taught him daily of God ! s ways, 

Of holy men of old; 
And stories of God's miracles 

To Timothy were told. 

The Apostle Paul once came to them 
With preaching true and strong; 

And when Paul had to leave at last, 
Young Timothy went along. 

For many years he traveled much 

To help the Apostle Paul, 
And suffered much to honor God — 

Still faithful through it , all. 

And after teaching many years 

And preaching righteousness, 
He gave his life by being stoned — 

To honor God in death. 

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VOL, 26 JUNE-JULY, 1979 NOS. 6 & 7 

"Dearly beloved, ! beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



NO BURDEN TOO HEAVY 

Try not to be discouraged 
And do not feel forlorn; 

The Lord allows no burden 
Too heavy to be borne. 

And always God Is faithful, 
Because He cares for you; 

He hears your cry for succor, 
And He will see you through. 

He gives you strength in weakness, 
Upholds you lest you fall, 

Delivers you from trial 
In answer to your call. 

In every kind of trouble, 
He'll be your constant stay 

And lead you out securely 
In His own chosen way. 

So bear your cross with patience, 
And run each day your race, 

And give to God all glory, 
For His amazing grace. 

By Harold Gwynne 
Selected by Leona Miller 






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INCENTIVES 

Does the Christian need them? What are the incen- 
tives to move us to lead a Godly life? Incentives 
are inducements or motives or things to draw us to 
action. We might offer a reward as an incentive to 
our children to do their best at weeding the garden 
or cleaning their rooms. And certainly we have in- 
centives in the form of rewards and compensations in 
our Christian life. 

In our association with people who have never been 
committed to Christ we might sense a question in 
their hearts, "Why bother?-" We might even attempt to 
answer this unspoken question in words. But unless 
our lives can show an- answer to the unspoken "Why? 11 
we may not yet be experiencing the joy and peace God 
has for His children. 

We may think that when a -person believes, repents 
and Is baptized and becomes a child of God In Jesus 
Christ that a joyful Christian life would automati- 
cally follow. Paul writes (II Corinthians 5-17), 
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new crea- 
ture; old things are passed away; behold, all things 
are become new." We know that when a calf is born it 
always acts like a calf and someday becomes a oow. 
When a duck is hatched,, it waddles like a duck and 
loves the water. So it would seem that this newborn 
creature , in Christ would immediately begin to grow 
and become ar* adult with all the characteristics of 
the Christian life. Certainly this is the way it 
should be and is flaany times. If the influence and 
nurture of only the Holy Spirit were present with no 
hindrances, the growth would be normal and steady 
like in the ideal natural setting. But there are en- 
emies to natural growth and there are enemies to 
spiritual growth. 



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We have a young calf that developed an abscess on 
his foot. It healed and then broke out again and 
healed again. According to the veterinarian, he will 
probably always have a limp and arthritis in the 
joint. Animals and birds (and people) are injured in 
their quarrels with each other, kany birds fall prey 
to predators and never reach maturity. 

These are only a few of the casualties that can 
come to natural life. In the spiritual realm the dan- 
gers would be similar and much greater with much more 
at stake. There is an enemy to contend with — a power- 
ful and cunning predator who is ready to devour and 
hurt and cripple for life.. 

Usually in the natural life, creatures seem to 
know instinctively what is good for them. They don't 
eat things that taste bad.. They avoid dangers and 
traps. They fly at the first alarm. Spiritually it 
is this way too with a Christian in good health. But. 
through temptation and deception, many times we don't 
seem to know what is best for us. We can develop 
tastes and habits that are actually harmful. Or we 
let our senses be dulled so we don r t perceive danger 
as we should. 

And so our Christian development is not "automatic'i 
It takes steadfast determination, a conscious effort' 
of our wills to yield to God and repeated right 
choices. It takes a renouncing of the old evil habits 
and trust in the power of God to enable us to over- 
come. While we should need no incentive other than 
the new life itself, God has graciously given us re- 
wards and compensations, and these certainly are abun- 
dant answers to the question "Why live a Christian 
life? " 

Paul told Timothy (I Timothy 4:8), "For bodily ex- 
ercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable 
unto all things, having ; promise of the life that now 
is, and of that which is to come." To the Christian 
is promised the best of God's blessings for the pres- 
ent and the future. However, we must know what true 
values are. God does not promise ease, luxury and 



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wealth to His people,- On the contrary, He says 
through' Paul again to Timothy (II Timothy 3:12), "lea, 
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall 
suffer persecution." Early in life Moses was con- 
fronted with this very choice. Hebrews 11 :24-26 says, 
"By* faith Moses, when he was come to years,, refused 
to be called the son of Pharaoh 1 s daughter; Ghoosing 
rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, 
than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season: Es- 
teeming the reproach of Christ greater- riches than ■ 
the treasures in Egypt; for he had respect unto the 
recompense of the reward." Who can say. that Moses 
chose unwisely? What greater joy could he have ex- 
perienced in his time than to talk to God "face to 
face" as he did? 

In this day of the outpouring of God's Holy Spirit 
and His grace the compensations are even greater. 
God has promised to, dwell in us and put His laws, in 
our hearts and forgive our sins. II Corinthians 6:1 6: 
"... for ye are the temple of the living God; as 
God hath said, I will dx^eil in them, and walk in 
them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my 
people." ". . . I will never leave thee, nor forsake 
thee." He promised this to Joshua (1s5) 3 and it Is 
repeated In Hebrews 13--5- Jesus said in connection 
with the command to go and teach, "... lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world. ". 

In Matthew 10. Jesus warns His twelve disciples of 
the dangers and hardships they will certainly encoun- 
ter. He told them (verse 16), "Behold, I send you 
forth as .sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye there- 
fore .wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." He 
told them they would be hated and scourged, betrayed 
and persecuted. He said (verse 34), "Think not that 
X.am-come to send peace on earth: I came not to send 
peace, but a sword." Where then is the compensation 
or incentive in this setting? Through this all, He 
assures them that He is by their side. .God will give 
them answers in trials. He assures them of their 
value to Him: their very hairs were numbered. He 
says (verse 22), "And ye shall be hated of all. men 



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for my name ! s sake; but he that endure th to the end 
shall be saved. " Verse 32: "Whosoever therefore 
shall confess me before men, him will I confess also 
before my Father which is in heaven. 1 ' Verse 39: "He 
that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that 
loseth his life for my sake shall find it." In the 
same vein He tells us in Luke 18;29,30: "... Verily 
I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, 
or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for 
the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive man- 
ifold more in this present time, and in the world to 
come life everlasting." Who would accept a life of 
ease in exchange for the approval of God promised by 
the Saviour Himself? 

Then there is the compensation of seeing our chil- 
dren and others walk In the way of the Lord. John 
wrote: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my 
children walk in truth, (ill John 4) There is even 
joy in Heaven when one turns to the Lord. 

Beyond the compensations in this life are the 
great promises of life eternal. The Book of Revela- 
tion is strewn with promises to them who overcome. 
Revelation 2:10: ". . . be thou faithful unto death, 
and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelation 
22:3,4: "And there shall be no more curse: but the 
throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his 
servants shall serve hims And they shall see his face; 
and his name shall be in their foreheads." 

Isaiah (6454) tells us, "For since the beginning 
of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the 
ear, neither hath the eye seen, God, beside thee, 
w hat he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him." 
Paul adds to this in I Corinthians 2:10, "But God 
hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the 
Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of 
God." To me this means that only in the Spirit can 
we perceive the love, joy, peace, contentment and 
eternal life and happiness that are in store for God's 
children. We get no hint of this from what we see 
around us with our eyes or hear around us with our 
ears. But what greater incentive could we have than 



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this foretaste of peace and love from His Holy Spirit. 
One of our hymns says: 

The world can neither give nor take, 

Nor can they comprehend, 
The peace of God, which Christ has bought 

The peace which knows no end. 

Incentives? Yes, we need them and we have them. 
We need them because we are still in the world. We 
have them because God is good to His children and 
knows how to encourage them and bring them through to 
victory. — L.C. 



BOOKS 

In itself, a book is nothing. As physically de- 
fined, it is hardly worth notice, being but a sheaf of 
papers bound along one edge and protected by its cover. 
Neither does the style of the ink, nor the author's 
name mean much. But the words therein, with their ar- 
rangement, may bear wonderful or bitter fruit. 

A book can be the lonely man's best friend, the ex- 
iled man's hope, the Christian's great comfort. It 
can inspire the least man, and humble the greatest. 
It will give wisdom to the poor and freedom to all who 
would be free, thus being a source of great joy, and 
a long lasting treasure to all who read it. 

Or a book can be the lonely man's curse, the des- 
perate man's foe, the sinner's accuser. It can rot 
the good out of the least man, and may as easily poi- 
son the greatest. It will give false wisdom to those 
who seek it, and imprison forever within a defiled and 
polluted mind those who could be free. It will thus 
be a source of wretchedness and misery, cursing its 
reader as long as he remains its slave. 

There are many, many books, but only one Book of 
God — the Bible* And many books contain lasting truths, 
but only the one contains the eternal truths of God* 
Many books give ways to find happiness, but only one 



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shows The Way. Many contain storie'.s of" love, but just 
the one tells the story of that blazing -and fiery per- 
fect love of God. -"- 

Tragic to see, there is an endless and increasing 
number of books that contain nothing worth the- print- 
ing. They are but filth and lust and escape-gaiety. . . 
They are the polluted streams that water the mind and 
leave nothing but trash when the water gives under 
the drought. Filth and lust will not abide, and there 
is no "escape". Trash and garbage will be burned and 
buried j only purity will endure. 

It has often been said that each one of us is writ- 
ing a book. Every word we speak is written on its 
pages, be it good or bad. Our vain and idle words 
are written as indelibly as our kind words and our 
holy conversations. When we lift our hearts to God 
in prayer, our words are recorded. When we give words 
of encouragement, when we ask God's, blessing on some- 
one, when we praise our mighty Lord, these words are 
recorded. 

"But the tongue can no man tame; it is an -unruly 
evil, full of deadly poison." And too often the poi- 
son appears. The same mouth that praises and thanks 
God may complain and make excuse to Him. The tongue 
that gives forth good and sweet words may suddenly 
become wrathful and lash out with bitter, ; cruel, and 
selfish words — and every such word is recorded. The 
man who writes such a holy chapter into his book while 
at church or in prayer may follow it with an exceed- 
ingly unprofitable one while talking to some worldly- 
man. And the woman who gives such a fine chapter of 
instruction to her children might follow with a de- 
grading chapter of gossip. "My brethren, these things 
ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the 
same place sweet water and bitter?" Often we fail, 
but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can purify 
our speech. "If any man offend not in word, the same 
is a perfect ~man. " Therefore let us write clean para- 
graphs in our books, for Jesus told the Pharisees, 
"every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give 



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account thereof in the day of judgment. For b£ thy 
w ords thou shalt be .justified , and by thy words thou 
shalt be condemned . rt 

Another relationship is observed. These books 
which we write are very similar to the ones which we 
read. Corruptions which are read into the mind are 
likely to leak out in thoughts and conversation. A 
person who reads Westerns and popular novels (which 
depict murder, adultery, and lust as being heroic 
rather than ungodly) will find that the evils he has 
enjoyed do not leave him when he finishes the last 
page and sets the book aside. Sores do not heal over- 
night, and the scars remain. 

We are commanded to n love one another with a- pure 
heart fervently," so let us not jeopardize our love 
by secretly admiring murderers, idolaters, whoremon- 
gers, and liars, who shall have their part in the 
lake of fire. 

Now, science fiction, "love stories", and humor 
might at first glance seem not so bad — but can they 
seem good? If we eat some sawdust, death will prob- 
ably not result from it, but why not eat bread and 
meat instead? If a man needs to let his imagination 
roam, let him leave his science fiction and try to 
imagine the bliss or the beauty of Heaven ... or 
the number of blessings God has given him . . . or 
the duration and wonder of eternity ... or the pain 
and anguish of hell. If a young lady enjoys escaping 
into her stories of romance, let her think of the e- 
ternal and delightful romance of being part of the 
Bride of Jesus. Or let her think of that undying 
romance of seeing face-to-face the good Creator, Who 
fashioned not only herself, but also the cool distant 
stars, the boiling center of the earth, and every- 
thing in between. If a man too often reads shallow 
humor and finds that. he delights in gaiety, let him 
realize the necessity of being sober before God. Let 
him work out his "own salvation with fear and trem- 
bling ." This is not saying that we should be cold 
and sober like the stones. We should be more like 



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the trees, which often smile as the spring breezes 
play through their branches, and their blossoms become 
beautiful. Observe nature if you would know how to 
praise God. The stars twinkle and the meadowlark 
sings/ The trout leaps in the stream, and the black- 
berries slowly ripen. But only one like Satan would 
bring murder, silliness, lust, and base humor into 
such a perfect world. 

Concerning the Christian novel, we think the advis- 
ability of reading them is questionable. Many of our 
young folks read them, and they are definitely prefer- 
able to i^hat our nation^ teachers and advertisers 
would hand us. We occasionally read and enjoy such a - 
book, but think we should choose carefully , for often 
they are tainted with the diluted doctrines of the 
modernists. Questions that arise should be answered 
by the Bible, and any book should be read with a 
prayer , that the reader be able to sift the grain from 
the chaff and retain only that which is good. 

In summary, a good book is a wonderful friend, but 
a bad or questionable book is a wasted thing all a- 
round. A book written by a man or woman of God can 
usually be readily identified as such . It speaks, of 
facts (even the unpleasant ones) rather than fancies. 
It is more likely to refer to "now" and TI today 11 than', 
to "once upon a time," and it will not end with people 
living happily ever after unless they fear God and 
keep His commandments. And the best books always re- 
fer to the Best Book , for all Scripture is the divine 
Word of God for man. 

If there are any questionable books upon your shelf, 
do not hesitate to feed them to the fire. Do not give 
them away, or put them away, but throw them away. It 
is always wonderful to forget those things which are 
behind, and to reach unto those things which are be- 
fore. And if such things will be missed, let them be 
missed. 

Our eyes and our minds are wonderful creations; let 
us not harm them with things unprofitable. Much more 
could be said about many of those popular magazines 



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which so frequently enter cur homes, even though they. 
make no pretense at modesty. They are all flesh, not 
spirit, obviously intended for this world only. But 
we know these things; happy are we if we do them. May 
God be our strength in all our decisions; to Him be 
all praise. 

Revelation 20:12,15: "And I saw'the dead, small 
and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: 
and another Book was opened, which is the Book of life: 
and the dead were judged out of those things which 
were written in the books, according to their works 
. . . And whosoever was not found written in the Book 
of life was cast into the lake of fire." 



—Stanley K. Brubaker 
Selected from The 
Vindicator (February, 
1971 ) 



A FURG&D CONSCIENCE 

Hebrews 9:1 3-1 M "For if the blood of bulls and of 
goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the un- 
clean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How 
much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the 
eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, 
purge your conscience from dead works to serve the 
living God?" 

The word conscience is a New Testament word. It 
appears there 31 times: 22 times by the Apostle Paul, 
once by John, five "times in Hebrews and three times by 
Peter. It has been a vital word in the long history 
of the Christian Church. We need to promote its Use 
with understanding. 

Alexander Cruden, several centuries ago, attempted 
to thoroughly define its use in Scripture. I quote, 
"Conscience is, the testimony and secret judgment of 
the soul, which gives its approbation to actions that 
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believes to be evil. Or, it is a particular know- 
ledge of the mind, which shows us what is good or 
evil. And, conscience tells us when we have done the 
one or the other. 1 ' 

As in our country both church and state recognize 
the right of individual conscience, we as Christians 
should understand and appreciate this hard -bought 
word in the English language. 

Conscience, as an English word, comes to us from 
a storm-tossed past. It is a personal word and 
proves nothing nor solves anything to others. As it 
is God given, it needs to be guided and trained in 
the light of God's Word. When wrongly used and a- 
bused, it becomes scarred and darkened with constant 
sinning and laden with guilt. A modern psychology 
that calls it a "guilt complex" and urges one to 
"forget it" might well be compared to a failing mer- 
chant who throws away his scales and account books 
in a vain hope for a new start. 

When still in my teens, persuasive voices urged, 
"Let conscience be your guide. The conscience is 
never wrong." Other voices were echoing the latest 
teaching of some colleges, "There is no such thing' as 
wrong. Things and deeds are either ri^ht or not 
right , but never wrong." Later the real lie was ex- 
posed: "There is no such thing as sin." With such 
deceptions, and many more, Satan approaches today's 
youth to sully and callous the conscience with guilt 
away from God's Word of truth. 

A guilt-laden conscience is a flabby support and 
an uncertain guide in that moment of temptation and 
decision. It may well be compared to a compass that 
has lost its magnetic attraction; or to a watch with 
so much dirt accumulations that it is no longer use- 
ful. 

Sinners do not need a new conscience. The con- 
science God gave at the start needs to be purged from 
sin and dead works to serve the Living God. Christ's 
death on the cross is ever a reproof to a sin-laden 
conscience and soul. And, praise God, it also pro- 
vides the means of "purging" the soul from sin. 



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The first striving for a purged conscience is seen 
in Abel, who brought an innocent lamb in sacrifice for 
his sin. Cain, the older brother, was angered by 
this reproof of sin in his own heart. He refused 
God's entreaties and added murder to the sins on his 
conscience . 

Since that time until today the history of man has 
been marred and stained with sin, crime, and one cruel 
war after another. A sin-laden conscience today is 
usually considered a normal thing and a necessary way 
of life. However, through the long centuries and mil- 
leniums of years, Abel's faith and sacrifice spoke of 
pardon find peace with God, Faithful men and women 
brought living sacrifices to God : s altar in an effort 
to purge their consciences from sin. Maxi desperately 
needs to be able to face his God and his fellow man 
with a clear con scie nce . 

Christ 1 s hiDod* shed to atone for man's sin is a con- 
stant assurance of forgiveness to the believer. Every 
remembrance of this causes our own love to Him to 
flame upward again with "open face'', praise and prayer. 
But the ministry of Christ and of His atoning blood 
was not over when He ascended to heaven. He entered 
the heavenly gates "Neither by the blood of goats and 
calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into 
the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for 
us." (Hebrews 9:12) Verse 24? n For Christ Is not 
entered into the holy places made with hands, which 
are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, 
now to appear in the presence of God for us." 

Christ has become our High Priest to God: a won- 
drous priesthood indeed—an High Priest by virtue of 
His atoning blood shed for us. The way to "purge" the 
sin-laden conscience is ever open to "whosoever will". 

On August 11, 1919, I stood on the bank of the 
Stanislaus River, my clothes still dripping from hav- 
ing been baptized. Dear ones, brethren and sisters in 
the lord, came to me to offer their love and fellow- 
ship. I became conscious of a peace within and a 
lightness of spirit. My load of sin was gone. My 
conscience was purged. The conflict was over. I 



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could now call God my own "Father in Heaven". But 
those sins were not left in the waters that flowed to 
the Pacific Ocean. They had. been laid on Jesus, Who 
died that I might live eternally with Him, 

Now, nearly sixty years later, I rejoice in that 
"once in a lifetime" experience. The purged con- 
science was freed from its sin load and active for 
use in the service of the Living God. Many lessons 
were to be learned; many deeper experiences and bless- 
ings of the Holy Spirit were to be known; many, deci- 
sions were to be .made; many conflicts to be fought, 
and many testings in which I was to know my Heavenly 
Father's power to keep His own. 

The Apostle Paul, on trial before Felix the Roman 
governor at Gaesarea, spoke true words in his defense. 
Acts 24:1 6: "And herein do I exercise myself, to have 
always a conscience void of offense toward God, and 
toward men. " 

A worthy dally goal Indeed for each Christian to- 
day! With God T s written Word and His Holy Spirit 
within, each one may have a conscience "void of of- 
fense toward God and toward men." 

— James D. Cover 

Modesto, California 

ADDRESS CHANGES 

Norman Cable* s 22202 C.R. 28 
Ronald Cable Goshen, Indiana 46526 

(219) 875-7847 

Merideth .Cable's 22184 C.R. 28 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 

Pauline (Mrs. C.J.) Flora 3121 U.S. Rt. 36 

Greenville, Ohio 45331 

MARRIAGB 
ROYER— CONING - Thomas Royer and Rebecca Coning were 
united in marriage on May 19 near Goshen, Indiana. 
New Address: General Delivery, Wakarusa, Indiana 465S&73 

/ (219) 862-2707 



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HISTORICAL 

JCRI3, WOUTER, GRIETGEU AND NAiiiNTGEN, 
IN THE' YEAR 1 551 

On account of the severe and great persecution 
which was carried on everywhere in the Netherlands, 
against the true Christians, four pious believers, a- 
mong others, named Joris, Wouter, Grietgen and 
Naentgen, fled, in the year 1551, from Lier in 
Brabant, to Ghent in Flanders. They had not resided 
long in the latter place when they were betrayed by a 
Judas, and brought prisoners from their houses to the 
castle of the count, where they joyfully thanked God, 
and sang praises to Him, because they were counted 
worthy to suffer for His name. When assailed by the 
monks and other sophists, they freely confessed their 
faith, from which no subtlety could turn them; but 
they -valiantly withstood, with the truth, the seducers 
who sought to murder their souls, and were then .con- 
demned to death by virtue of the imperial mandate, 
because they had apostatized from the Roman church, 
condemned infant baptism, and had been baptized upon 
faith. They were sentenced to be burned at the stake 
without being strangled. They thanked the lords, and 
Grietgen said: "hy lords, save three stakes; we can 
all four die at one; for we are spiritually of one 
mind." (Romans 12:1 6) They were joyful in the Lord, 
and thanked God greatly. Naentgen said: "This is 
the day for which I have longed so much." Eight monks 
then came, to torment them; however, they did not ac- 
cept their advice, but Grietgen said: "Take off your 
long robes and teach yourselves, before you undertake 
to teach others." They were led to death like sheep 
to the slaughter, the monks accompanying them, to whom 
they said: ■ "Stay back; let us in peace, for we know 
you well, and do not wish to hear you." 

Having ascended the scaffold, Joris said to the 
people: "Be it known to you, that we do not die for 
theft, murder, or heresy." At this the monks became 
enraged, and contradicted it. 



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They then fell upon their knees, prayed to God, and 
arose and kissed each other with the kiss of peace* 
But when they with glad countenances addressed the 
people, the monks, to hinder them, went and stood be- 
fore them; but one of the people cried out: "You fu- 
rious antichristians, stand back, and let them speak." 

Wouter said; "Gitizens of Ghent, we suffer not as 
heretics or Lutherans, who hold in one hand a beer 
mug, and a testament in the other, thus dishonoring 
the Word of God, and dealing in drunkenness; but we 
die for the genuine truth." The executioner then hung 
each of them by a rope to a stake, but did not stran- 
gle them. They then strengthened each other, saying: 
"Let us fight valiantly, for this is our last pain; 
hereafter we shall rejoice with God in endless joy." 
(Matthew 25; 23) As they were hanging in pain, before 
the fire was kindled, Joris fell through the rope, and 
Wouter cried: "G brother, be of good cheer!" "0 
Lord!" exclaimed Joris, "in Thee do I trust; streng- 
then my faith." (Luke 1?;5); The fire then commenced 
to burn, and^they cried out: "0 God Father, into Thy 
hands we commend our spirits." Thus they offered up ... 
their sacrifice according to the will of the Lord, 
and their faith was tried like gold in the fire, and 
found good, and so accepted of God. 

— Martyrs Mirror , p. 5Q3 



ELECTIONS 



On May 12, 1979 the Eastern District of the Old 
Brethern' Church held a special council. Brother ^ Claude 
Boone was advanced to the second degree of the ministry, 
and Brother Stanley Brubaker was elected to the minis- 
try. May they and their companions, Carol and Janice, 
have the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their new 



duties. 



-Melvin Coning 



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THE BOI WHO SAVED PAUL'S LIFE (Acts 23) 

The forty men were very angry. And the more they 
talked about the Apostle Paul, the angrier they became. 
Yesterday Paul had stood before the rulers and people 
of Jerusalem and told them why he served Jesus* And 
the multitude of Jews had become so angry that they 
would have torn Paul to pieces if the Roman soldiers 
hadn ! t prevented it. For the people did not love . 
Jesus — an ci they hated His servant Paul. 

So the next morning these forty angry men were 
cursing and saying they would not eat or drink one 
thing until Paul was dead. Somewhere, somehow, some- 
time soon they would find Paul and put him to death— - 
even if he did say he loved God. 

But God allowed a certain young man to find out 
about these secret plans, and he was afraid. For Paul 
was his mother's brother. What could he do? He 
couldn't let those men kill his Uncle Paul, so he went 
into the large stone castle where his uncle was a 
prisoner and told Paul what he had heard. Paul called 
a soldier, and the boy was sent to the chief captain. 
With his heart pounding, the boy poured out the whole 
story about the angry men and their awful promises. 
Could something be .done? 

That night, a few hours after sundown, a strange 
thing happened. Two hundred soldiers, two hundred 
spearmen, and seventy horsemen, took Paul quietly out 
of the city. And when morning came he was far away — 
far from Jerusalem, and far from his angry enemies. 

Because a boy was willing to risk his life, God 
used him to help, save the life of his uncle, Paul. 

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VOL. 26 AUGUST, 1979 NO. 8 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the ■-soul." 1 Peter 2; 1 1 



THE TRIUMPHS OF THY CONQUERING POWER 

Jesus j Thy church 9 with longing eyes, 
Fcr Thine expected coining waits; 

When will the promised light arise', 
And glory beam from Zion 1 s gates? 

Even now, when tempests round us fall, 
And wintry clouds o'ercast the sky, 

Thy words with pleasure we. recall, 
And deem that our redemption's nigh. 

Oh, come and reign o'er every land; 

Let Satan from his throne te hurled; 
All nations bow to Thy commands 

And grace revive a dying world* 

Teach us, in watchfulness and prayer, 
To wait for the appointed hour; 

And fit us, by Thy grace, to shars 
The triumphs of Thy conquering porer. 

By William H. Bathurs:, 

Selected by Susie fegner 



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SENIORITY AND ELECTION 

There are many instances in the Bible where the 
calling and election of God was of the younger and 
not of the firstborn; as in Gain and Abel, Isaac and 
Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Ephraim and Manasseh, David 
and Saul, etc. These all seem to be a pattern of 
God f s election as opposed to apparent "seniority 
rights". "(For the children being not yet born, 
neither having done any good or evil, that the PURPOSE 
OF GOD ACCORDING TO ELECTION MIGHT STjAND, not of works, 
but of him that calleth; ) It was said unto her, THE 
ELDER SHALL -SERVE THE YOUNGER J' 

Whatever seniority rights man may have had were 
forfeited in Eden ; in the Fall, and thenceforth God 
was morally free to elect whomsoever He would to be 
heirs of His. Kingdom. , Adam apparently had first right 
to it, but, he made a wrong choice and failed of his 
opportunity, God was just in that He gave him full 
liberty to choose , .and gracious in that He warned him 
of the consequences if he should do the forbidden 
thing. But in spite of the opportunity and warning, 
he disobeyed and lost whatever seniority he had as 
head of the race. 

God cannot be bottnd by any apparent human rights 
or seniority. If He were, He could not be sovereign, 
and Satan would have the advantage; the order of ob- 
ligation, would be reversed. This is illustrated in 
the parable of the workers in the vineyard. "Cannot 
I do with mine own as I will? Is thine eye evil be- 
cause I am good?" 

Whatever order may have been before the Fall, it 
is clear that since that time all the rights and 
blessing that man may ever have or expect will be 
wholly by the grace and calling or election of God, 
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FAITH and not seniority is the ground and condition 
of acceptance. 

The rulers of the Jews in Jesus T time thought that 
they were heirs of the Kingdom by virtue of human 
birthrights and seniority. But Jesus did not recog- 
nize their claim, and gave the keys to the Kingdom of 
Heaven to His disciple s, and made them the new heads 
or princes of the Kingdom. For He said to those 
rulers (Matthew 21:4-3): "Therefore say I unto you, 
The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given 
to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.' 1 And 
again He said to His disciples^ "Fear not, little 
flock, for It is your Father's good pleasure to give 
you the kingdom. " 

Thus, the "last became first, and the first last 



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— Daniel F. Wolf 

Modesto , California 



WHAT JUibUo CHRIST M£MS TO ME 

"Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him ac- 
cording to his excellent greatness." — Psalm 150:2 

Recently, in a Council Meeting, we were encouraged 
by our brethren to be ready as individuals to testify 
to others of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Mention was made of an article that tells how reluc- 
tant many modern-day Christians are to speak of their 
faith to others. It is a trick of the devil to make 
us ashamed to speak out for our Lord, we may love 
Him with all our hearts and appreciate what He has 
done for us and still not be too free to express it. 
But if ever an age was in need of the true testimony 
of faith in God, ours certainly is. 

We are free to speak of each other's qualities, 
and we like to give due credit when one has done us a 
favor or given us a gift. How much more do we owe in 
praise and thankfulness to the One Who has redeemed us 
and given us new life in place of condemnation* 

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seen, ye love; in whom, though now. ye see him not, 
yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and 
full of glory." (I Peter 1:8) He writes further in 
2:7, "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious 
. " 

Volumes have been written and thousands of songs 
and poems have been composed on the theme of what the 
lord means to His children, but still it remains for 
us to express our joy and faith in Him "Who his own 
self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that 
we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: 
by. whose stripes ye were healed." What was that? by 
whose stripes ye were healed? Yes, Isaiah prophesied 
centuries before: "But he was wounded for our trans- 
gressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the 
chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his 
stripes we are healed." It is too wonderful for our 
comprehension. And Jesus Christ is the One Who did 
it for us. This seems to be an almost # _ outdated be- 
lief. The world may confess that He was a good man — 
one far ahead of His generation, mistreated and mis- 
understood. But to hail him as the Son of God, the 
One Who delivers us from sin today — hardly. How many 
times do you hear on the streets or in the stores 
someone say, "Jesus was beaten that I might be healed 
and have peace." No, we don't hear It from the world 
and we don't expect to. But could it not be expected 
that praise for the redeeming acts of Jesus would be , 
on the tongues of those who believe on Him and have 
received new life through His name? Far too often 
our lips speak of the things of this life, and the 
testimony of the new life in Jesus Christ is reserved 
for articles in church periodicals and Sunday sermons. 
I write from my own experience. Satan would have us 
speak of anything else but his defeat at Calvary and 
the resulting life for fallen man. 

To write personally: I have found Him faithful. 
I have often let Him down, but He has never let me 
down. Sure, He doesn't always let me have my own way. 
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for his son would let that son have his own way all 
the time? The fact is, the Father knows best and many 
times I don't, I cannot boast about trust and faith- 
fulness on my part. I need more of these. But I can 
boast of a faithful Lord Who knows the way, and leads 
the way through the wilderness. "Through every change 
He faithful will remain." 

I have found Him faithful and just to forgive my 
sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I 
confess that I keep thinking of my sins when I should 
forget the past and reach forth to the things that 
are before me, and in this way show that I believe 
that He means it when He says in His New Covenant with 
His people, " . . . I will forgive their iniquity, and 
I will remember their sin no more." And in hicah 7: 
19, "He will turn again, he will have compassion upon 
us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast 
all their sins into the depth of the sea." 

I have found Him able to take feeble, faltering 
efforts on my part and use them successfully. For 
instance, I love my family and .want to be a good hus- 
band and father. But time and again I am brought to 
the realization that my efforts to train my children 
and be a good father and husband are just not suffi- 
cient. It remains for our loving heavenly Father to 
take the feeble effort and make it accomplish the in- 
tended purpose. Without His help I am a failure in 
whatever worthwhile goal I pursue. 

I have found Him a faithful Guide. Decisiveness 
is not one of my qualities. I have difficulty with 
nearly every major decision. But even in this diffi- 
cult area, God is faithful and able, and I want to 
praise Him for it and acknowledge Him as the Reason 
for any right decisions I may have made in the past. 

I have found Him able to justify me according to 
His Word. And this means so much because we all want, 
in our inmost being, to be accepted. In Jesus Christ 
we find acceptance with God. "There is therefore now 
no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who 
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." 



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The list is endless, of what Jesus means to His 
children. He is our life. In Him we live, and move, 
and have our being. Separated from Him we are like a 
branch cut off from the vine. There can be no life. 
But in Him we can grow and bring forth fruit, even in 
the setting of this modern world. — L*C. 

(I have written personally in this article. And I 
invite our readers — any whom the Lord stirs and 
prompts — to also write on this subject: "What Jesus 
Christ Means to Me ,! . May we have a series of testi- 
monies to the faithfulness and ability of our Lord 
and Saviour and what He means to us, His children. 
And may our lives and words also show that we are 
alive in Him. — L.C.) 



CHANGED HEARTS 

If you are burdened of heart, come to the Lord and 
He will give rest to the soul. Jesus ; own words say, 
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and 
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye 
shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, 
and my burden is light * " (Matthew 11 :28~30) 

Jesus is the way to the Kingdom of Heaven. (Ex- 
cept a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of 
God.) Jesus died on the cross that our sins might be 
forgiven and that we might have eternal life. "For 
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begot- 
ten Son, that whosoever belie veth in him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not 
his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that 
the world through him might be saved." Jesus 1 own 
words say, "He that believeth not is condemned al- 
ready." If we accept Him He will be a well of water 
springing up into everlasting life. For all have 
sinned and come short of the glory of God. He is a 
merciful God, but shall we continue in sin that grace 
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and will judge us at the last day, whether to life 
eternal or eternal damnation. Gome to the Lord now; 
harden not your hearts; for now is the day of salva- 
tion; now is the accepted time. 



—Philip S. Garber 
Hughs on, California 



FIGHT WISELY 
"So fight I, not as one that beateth the air" 

To fight wisely is not to fight at a venture,, "as 
one that beateth the air." The image is drawn from 
the boxing match in the Isthmian games, and in It the 
Apostle declares that in the spiritual combat he does 
not wear out his strength by vain flourishes of his 
hands In the air, but plants each blow certainly and 
with a telling aim. We read, indeed, that King Ahab 
was shot by an arrow sent at a venture; that is, with- 
out deliberate aim: but this only teaches us that 
God can direct the aimless shaft whithersoever It 
pleases Him, but does not lead us to conclude that 
aimless shafts are likely to be successful. Yet what 
is the warfare of many earnest Christians but the 
sending of shafts at a venture? They have a certain 
notion that they must resist the evil within and with- 
out them, but they know not where to begin. Often 
their whole time and labor is thrown away in repres- 
sing symptoms, where they should be applying their 
whole energy to the seat of the disorder. The first 
work of the spiritual warrior should be to discover 
his besetting sin, or sins, and then he must concen- 
trate his forces bafore this fortress. This bosom sin 
is eminently deceitful. Sometimes it puts on the mask 
of a virtue or a grace, not infrequently that of some 
other sin; but masked somehow or other it loves to be, 
and the longer Satan can keep it masked the better it 
suits his purpose. Let us give some examples of a 
bosom sin thus masking itself. With many people the 
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detestable sin frequently apes humility so as really 
to impress its possessor with the notion that he is 
humble? Intensely self-satisfied in his heart of 
hearts, he depreciates himself, his talents, his suc- 
cesses. What follows? A natural reaction of public 
sentiment in his favor. He has been fishing for com- 
pliments, and compliments have risen to the hook. 
Would he not have bitterly resented it in the inner 
man had any of the company taken him at his word and 
coolly agreed with him in his self depreciation. Here 
is the adder of vanity coiled up in the violet-tuft 
of humanity. To take another case. Some men cannot 
bear to be second. Whatever they do must be done 
brilliantly, so as to throw into the shade all other 
competitors. Accordingly, they are disposed to de- 
cline or abandon all pursuits in which they feel they 
can never excel. Now what is this feeling, when we 
examine it? The world dignifies it with the name of 
honorable emulation, and accepts it as a token of a 
fine character. And there is usually good stuff in 
the character whose leading principle is such as de- 
scribed. This emulation is somehow Intertwined with 
that energy and resolve which are the raw material 
from which earthly greatness is manufactured. But 
how does this sentiment sound? "Because I cannot out- 
shine all rivals, therefore I will be nothing." When 
we apply to this feeling the Ithureil spear of God's 
Word and Christ's example, we find it to be the bosom- 
adder of vanity again, lurking under the marigold of 
honorable emulation. 

Again: a bosom sin, that it may the more easily 
escape detection, will wear often the mask of another 
sin. Indolence, for example, is a sin which carries 
in its train many omissions of duty. Prayer or 
Scripture reading is neglected or hurried because we 
have not risen early enough to give room for it. 
Things go wrong during the day in consequence. We 
trace it all up to the omission of prayer of which we 
accuse ourselves. But the fault lies deeper. It was 
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to neglect it. Indolence really caused the mischief. 

It often happens that a man, when touched upon his 
weak point, answers that whatever other faults he may 
have, this fault at least Is no part of his character. 
This circumstance, then, may furnish one clue to the 
discovery; of whatever fault you feel that, if ac- 
cused of it, you would be stung and nettled by the 
apparent injustice of the charge, suspect yourself of 
that fault, — in that quarter very likely lies the 
black spot of the bosom sin. If the skin is in any 
part sensitive to pressure, there is probably mischief 
below the surface. When, after prayerful self-exam- 
ination, the same failures are constantly showing 
themselves, the conclusion is almost inevitable that 
there is something serious beneath. What is it? In 
what one direction do all the failures point? To 
selfishness? or to indolence? or to vanity? or to 
worldliness? Remember always, that in the symptom it 
may look like none of these sins and yet be really 
one of them. 

Another plan may be helpful in the discovery of 
our bosom sin. Let us have our eye upon the occur- 
rences which specially give us pain or pleasure: they 
will often be the merest trifles — a sneer, a mere 
passing breath of human praise or blame, but yet, be 
it what it may, if it touches us to the quick, the 
probabilities are that by tracing it to its source we 
shall get to the quick of our character, to that sen- 
sitive quarter of it where the bosom-adder lies coiled 
up. When the discovery is made, the path of the spir- 
itual combatant becomes clear. Your fighting is to 
be no longer a flourishing of the arms in the air; it 
Is to be a definite combat with the bosom sin. We 
shall find also that in supplanting the besetting sin 
we shall be weakening the vitality of subordinate 
faults, which cluster together round that nucleus. 

In conclusion, he who prays (as we should all do) 
"Show me myself, Lord," should take care to add, lest 
self knowledge plunge him into despair, "Show me also 
Thyself." The heart which showed so fair without, is 



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but a whited sepulchre, an Augean stable , full of 
corruption, and disorders $ which Hercules could not 
cleanse, but the love and grace of Christ are stronger 
than ten thousand depravities and corruption?, though 
riveted down to the soul by the chain of evil habit. 

By E. M. Goulburn 
Selected by Amos Baker 



THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S 

Be still, my soul, be quiet now; 
Vex not thyself because of fear. 
HE goes ahead where'er you gel 
The battle is the LORD T S, you know. 

You are His child, His own belov ! d; 
He promised always to be near; 
HE is your Captain, forward go I 
The battle is the LORD'S, you know. 

No one on earth can take your soul 
Or take your heritage away, 
While rage and hate is all they sow, 
The battle is the LORD'S, you know. 

He giveth life abundantly; 

His blessings fill our hearts with love; 

Though Satan be our bitter foe, 

The battle is the LORD'S, you know^ 

Sing for the day He'll call you Home! 
Shout for the joy of conquered sini 
■ Rest in His arms as on you go, 
The battle is the LORD'S, you know! 

— Vera Miller 

n Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor 
dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the 
battle is not yours, but God's." (II Chronicles 20:15b) 



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LOTS OF TIME 

There is lots of time for lots of things,, 
Though it's said that time has wings; 
There is always time to find 
Ways of being sweet and kind. 

There is always time to share 
Smiles and goodness everywhere , 
Time to send the frowns away, 
Time for helpfulness, and time 
To assist the weak to climb. 

Time to give a little flower, 
Time for friendship any hour, 
But there is no time to spare 
For unkindness anywhere, 

Selected by Elsie Wolf 

COMMUNION NOTICES 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our fall Love- 
feast on October 20 & 21. A hearty invitation and 
welcome Is extended to all of our members and friends 
to attend. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 

We, the Old Brethren of the Eastern District have 
agreed, the Lord walling, to hold a fall Love feast 
on November 3 & 4 in our meeting house near Bradford, 
Ohio . 

Communion with the Canada members will be held, 
the Lord willing, on September 30 near Maple, Ontario, 

We heartily invite all of our members and friends 
to be with us and enjoy a time of fellowship and 
spiritual uplift. 

— Melvin Coning 



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HISTORICAL 

GOTTHARD OF NONES BERG 
AND PETER KRAMER, A.D. 1558 

Gotthard of Nonenberg and Peter Kramer were both 
of them faithful men, who walked to edification among 
the brethren in the duchy of Berg, where the truth of 
the Gospel began to shine again at that time, and very 
many came to the faith and knowledge of the truth. 
Thus these two men were called and chosen ministers 
of the church and providers for the poor (deacons), 
which office they assumed, and for a time faithfully 
discharged, and as they sought to live godly in 
Ghrist Jesus, the consequence was that they had to 
suffer persecution, as also appeared, since both were 
apprehended in one night, and brought to Winnick. 
There the steward took them, to vent upon them his 
arrogance, and to treat them with contumely. But they 
firmly resolved in their hearts, to adhere to the 
truth . 

They lay there in prison a long time, and had to 
endure many temptations and conflicts in order to make 
them forsake the truth, in which case they should be 
free to return to their wives and children; and their 
lives should be spared. But the love which they had 
for their Lord would not permit them to abandon the 
the truth, £nd turn to the doctrines of men. They 
much rather forsook their wives and children, and 
their temporal possessions, yea, finally even their 
lives, flesh and blood, which they would rather give 
for a spoil, that they might enjoy the crown, and 
that their names might be found in the book of life. 
When the time for their trial had come, they were 
brought before the learned, who employed many subtle 
stratagems against them. But these men, with the 
divine help, repelled all their subtle and insidious 
wiles undauntedly and fearlessly, and sought no other 
counsel or way; but as Christ had gone before, so they 
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were sentenced to be executed with the sword. 

When brought forth from prison, to be taken to the 
place of execution, these men were and remained firm 
and immovable as a wall, and determined to adhere to 
the truth, and not to separate from the faith. When 
all saw their boldness, and perceived that they were 
upright, pious persons, and had to die simply on ac- 
count of their faith, nearly every one wept; the 
steward, the judges, deputy, and executioner as well 
as the common people. But the hearts of these people 
were full of gladness, and they joyfully sang with a 
cheerful mind. Again they were approached with var- 
ious wiles, the comfort of life being held out to them, 
In order to bring them into despondency. This con- 
tinued for a long time, until two o'clock in the af- 
ternoon; so long did the steward delay the matter, 
thinking to intimidate them, in hopes that they should 
turn. For this reason he made strenuous efforts to 
bring them over to his views, so as to Induce them to 
go to church, and hear the doctrine of the priests. 
But when the steward did not succeed in bringing them 
over to his views, he called the executioner, into 
whose hands the prisoners were delivered. The execu- 
tioner acted with reluctance, and received them with 
'tears; for his heart misgave him. But Gotthard said 
to him: "How I have longed for this day; why do you 
delay so long?" When the executioner began to bind 
them, he said to them: "Dear men, be not afraid; for 
Ghrist also was bound innocently." When the steward 
heard these words he said to the executioner: "You 
must not speak in this manner." Then Peter said: "We 
will adhere firmly to the covenant of the Lord, which 
we trust we shall not break." Thereupon Gotthard be- 
gan to speak, and said: "Here we must suffer tribula- 
tion. He that would hereafter be crowned, must fight 
valiantly now.. As the bridegroom went before, so the 
bride must enter into joy through much suffering and 
tribulation. This we are taught by the words of 
Ghrist. The fact that the Lord was executed between 
two murderers, lightens the cross and affliction; 



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hence we fear neither slaying nor killing. For if 
they have done this in the green tree, what shall be 
done in the dry? (Luke 23:31) The servants of God 
must drink the sour wine now here upon earth; but 
when we get to Christ , we shall drink new and sweet 
wine with Him. (Matthew 26:29) We must first bear 
affliction." With this, they reached forth their 
hands, and willingly suffered themselves to be bound, 
which astonished many. Yea, the common people were 
amazed, and said: "What marvelous thing behold we 
here! these men so willing to go to death, when they 
could easily obtain their liberty.". Gotthard said: 
"We do not die, but pass through death into life eter- 
nal, to God and to all His dear children; of this we 
have a sure hope; hence accept this death with joy, 
and trust that we shall please God." When the time 
had come for them to die, they rose to their feet, 
called upon God in heaven, and, as brethren in Christ, 
and as a token of brotherly love and unity, kissed 
each other with the sweet kiss of peace, as those 
that were united with God, and were thus beheaded 
standing. But since they were executed unjustly, the 
executioner said with great fear and trepidation, 
that he should never execute such men again. 

After their heads had been severed from their 
bodies, the penman people began to go home; but the 
steward called out to them, saying: "Don't be in 
such a hurry, but help bury these pious men first; 
they did not die for any crime; they are neither 
thieves nor murderers; they were pious of life and 
conduct; they embraced a faith which the lords and 
princes could not understand, and hence they had to 
suffer." Thus these pious witnesses of God were 
buried, "and the seed of their blood did not remain 
without fruit in that place. To God be all the glory. 
Amen. This happened about- the year 1558. 

— Martyrs Mirror , p. 590 



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ADVERTISEMENT 

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by Daniel F; Wolf on the subject of God ! s promises to 
Abraham, and the means by which all nations may be- 
come heirs of* thisspromise . 

We have a few of these booklets left and will send 
them to anyone who may wish to have one, for 25$ to 
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NOTE OF THANKS 

■ I wish to thank all the dear brethren and sisters 
in the East for helping me with my wisdom teeth ex- 
traction expenses. May the Lord richly bless each 
one of youl r Also, I want to thank the dear brethren 
and sisters in the West for helping with my California 
trip expenses. May the Lord bless you in a special 
way and continue His help and guidance in your 
Christian school endeavor. While I was not expect- 
ing this kind of help in either of these cases and 
feel unworthy of the same, the things for which I am 
especially thankful and appreciative are the love and 
kindnesses which were expressed by these acts. Truly 
I can say with the hymnwriter: 

"I thank the Lord my Maker 
For all His gifts to me: 
For making me partaker 
Of bounties rich and free." ; 



Cindy N4ff ~ ■... 
Goshen, Indiana 



(The California congregation is also grateful to 
Cindy for her valuable help on our' school preparation.) 



— L.C. 



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A BOY NAMED SAMUEL 

Long years ago" there was a man named Elkanah. 
Elkanah ! s wife, Hannah , wanted a baby boy so much 
that she made God a promise: n If You hear my prayer 
and give me a boy I will give him back to You. as. 
long as he lives." 

God answered Hannah's prayer , and a little boy was 
born. Hannah called her son Samuel, which means 
"asked of God". When little Samuel was old enough 
his mother kept the promise she had made to the lord, 
and took Samuel to Eli the- priest. From now on Samuel 
would not live at home with his father and mother, 
but would stay with the priest Eli in the house of 
the Lord at Shiloh. 

In the house of the Lord there was a lamp burning 
which was never supposed to -go. out. As the priest 
Eli grew older his eyes got dimmer and he could hard- 
ly see to fill the lamp with oil. The Lord did not 
want the lamp to go out, so one night when Samuel was 
sleeping the Lord called his name. "Samuel, Samuel, " 
the ..Lord said, but Samuel thought it was Eli calling 
him and '■ went to the priest. Three times this happened 
beiG^o 111 realized it was God calling. He told 
Scu-;uol.how to answer the Lord, and the next time the 
voice came Samuel said, "Speak; for thy servant feear- 
eth." The Lord then told Samuel that Eli would.be 
punished because he had not kept his sons from doing 
evil. Samuel did not want to tell the prophecy to 
Eli, but he- wanted to obey the Lord, so he "told him 
every whit." Eli said : "It is the Lord; let him do 
what seemeth him good." 

"And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him . . . 
and all Israel . . . knew that Samuel was established 
to be a prophet of "the Lord." — SKB 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



AUTUMN 
Ecclesiastes 11:9 

See the leaves around us falling, 
Dry and withered, to the ground 

Thus to thoughtless mortals calling ^ 
In a sad and solemn sound — . 

"Youths on length of days presuming^ 
Who the paths of pleasure tread, 

View us, late in beauty blooming y 
Numbered now among the dead* 

"What though yet no losses grieve you- 
Gay with health and many a grace; 

Let not cloudless skies deceive you; 
Summer gives the autumn place." 

Yearly in our course returning, 
Messengers of shortest stay; 

Thus we preach this truth concerning, 
Heaven and earth shall pass away* 

On the tree of life eternal, 

Let our hopes of heaven be laid I 

This alone, forever vernal, 

Bears a leaf that shall not fade. 

Hymn # 378 



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HUMBLENESS OF MUD 

"He hath showed thee, man, what is good; and 
what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, 
and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? n 
(Micah 6:8) 

Humility and self-denial have been bywords in the 
Brethren Ghurch since its earliest days. Sermon af- 
ter sermon and lesson after lesson, written and spo- 
ken, have been given on this theme. And no wonder 
since the Scriptures teach that it is the only ac- 
ceptable attitude man can assume in the sight of our 
high and holy God* 

How differently the world would teach us! The 
world says; "Make a name for yourself J 1 "Do your 
own thing. M "Climb the ladder of success." "Develop 
self confidence." "Have faith in yourself." Even in 
religious circles it is taught that self-esteem is an 
important ingredient for success in the world today. 
The big difference, of course, is what is counted for 
success. The goals of the world are not the same as 
those of the followers of Jesus Christ. 

We who have been given a heritage of a profession 
of humility and self-denial are still not automati- 
cally insulated from pride. If we have had good 
teaching we know that there is still the danger of 
being proud of our position. Perhaps we are "humble 
and quite proud : of it." Such a feeling is no less 
common because of its absurdity. It simply shows 
what an adversary we have and how he works. If we 
think that our self-denial makes us somewhat better 
than others, then it is little more than a pretense. 
The Apostle Paul writes of "humbleness of mind" in 
Golossians 3:12* The prophet Joel calls on his people 
by the word of the Lord to ". . . Rend your heart and 



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not your garments ..." (Joel 2:13) This attitude is 
far more than outward appearance although frequently 
the outward appearance indicates the condition within. 

Humbleness pf mind equips us for service * Our na- 
ture is such that we want to do big things. Especial- 
ly in these times when we see massive equipment, huge" 
factories and ranches, financial figures in billions, 
bridges spanning deep canyons ... we tend to think 
big. The small and ordinary is sometimes disregarded 
if not despised. But the ordinary and common is where 
the need for service is. Few of us can do great 
things. But all of us can do small things by God ! s 
help. The kind word, the helping hand, the smile, the 
few minutes taken with the elderly, the discouraged 
ones or the children are small things that God uses in 
the ordinary, day to day issues of life. A proud 
heart counts only the big acts that are seen of many. 
The proud heart measures success in numbers and other 
visible factors. The humble servant is content to 
fill a small place, to fill it well and regularly and 
leave the results to a capable Heavenly Father. 

Humblene ss of mind fits us for harmony . Philip- 
pians 2:3 says, "Let nothing be done through strife 
or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem 
other better than themselves." I have seen angry men 
pacified by a soft-spoken, humbly -spoken word. The 
vise man wrote, "A soft answer turneth away wrath: 
but grievous words stir up anger." Even with our 
children, peace and lowliness of heart go farther than 
pride and inflexible stubbornness. In the church,' in 
the home and in the school, this heart attitude is 
indispensable for harmony and peace. 

Finally , lowliness of mind is the Christ - like way . 
Philippians 2 goes on to tell how Jesus humbled Him- 
self and became obedient to death, even the death of 
the cross. If anyone could claim exemption from the 
humble attitude it was Jesus. He was in the form of 
God and thought it not robbery or usurping to be equal 
with God. But He made Himself of no reputation and 
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the likeness of men. No experience of ours can pre- 
pare our minds to comprehend the greatness and sacri- 
fice of that act of Jesus- We could think of a mighty- 
king, wealthy and noble, voluntarily leaving his 
throne, taking off his fine robes, putting on filthy, 
lice infested prison clothes and taking the place of 
a condemned criminal — -one of his subjects. We can 
think of this king spending his days and nights in 
the dark, stinking prison and finally being led out 
to die by the hands of those who- took over his king- 
dom while the criminal went free. This picture would 
still not give us an adequate comparison of the way 
Jesus left the perfection of Heaven's glory, took on 
the nature of man and went to the cross to make the 
only sacrifice that could take away our sins. But the: 
apostle tells us that since He did it, this mind that 
He had — the lowliness of mind — should be in each of 
us v . 

While this attitude is effective for service and 
peace and harmony and is the Christ-like way, it is 
also rewarding for there is glory ahead. For as Jesus 
humbled Himself and God exalted Him in the end and " 
gave Him a name above every name, so He will exalt - 
those who humble themselves in the same manner and > 
become followers of the lowly Lamb of God. "And who- 
soever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he 
that shall humble himself shall be exalted." (Matthew 
23:12) 

"... That at the name of Jesus every knee should 
bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and 
things under the earth; and that every tongue should 
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of 
God the Father." — L*C. 



Master, let me. walk, with Thee 
In lowly paths of service free; 
Tell me Thy secret, help me bear 

The strain of toil, the fret of care. 



-W. Gladden 



THE PIT, GRIM 



THE KING IS COMING 

A sweetly solemn thought 

Gomes to me o T er and o'er. 
Today I ! m nearer to my home 

Then e'er I've been before. 

Just how often do we stop to think about the fact 
that each day we are nearer to our home than at any 
time before? As we go about in this life we often 
take it for granted that tomorrow will come. We know 
that some day we will pass away and depart this life. 
If It is not the grave that calls us out, it will be 
the returning of Christ. Behold; the King is coming 1 

Chapter 22 of the book of Revelation, verse 7, 
tells us: "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he 
that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." 
John tells us of the things he saw and heard when God 
sent His angel to do the necessary preparations. The 
words reveal a need to hurry or to be urgent, for the 
fullness of time is at hand. 

John's record also tells us that what is done shall 
remain that way. There will be no time for making a 
clean sweep and starting over; no time to change our 
ways. Verse 11 states that the unjust will remain un- 
just, the filthy shall stay filthy, and those that are 
righteous and holy shall remain righteous and holy. 
Why? Because "... Behold, I come quickly; and my 
reward is with me, to give every man according as his 
work shall be." (Verse 12) 

We often have deadlines to meet and still very 
nearly fall short of meeting them. Take a driver's 
license, for example: we know for months just when it 
will need to be revalidated. But how maxij of us put 
it off and wind up doing it late? Stores tell us that 
there are only "three more sale days le,ft," urging us 
to come into their places of business "before it is too 
late. 

We won't get a notice In the mail that it Is time 
to get our lives in order and to clean house. Instead, 
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referred to In verse 12. Those that aren't ready 
have a very undesirable reward awaiting. "Blessed 
are they that do his commandments, that they may have 
right to the tree of life, and may enter in through 
the gates into the city." (Verse 14) 

Our notice to be ready has already been sent to us 
through the pages of the Bible. Three times the 
warning comes to us in this chapter: "I come quick- 
ly." That "quickly" could be sooner than we even 
think. Are we ready to meet our Maker? Verse 17 
gives us one last opportunity to set things in order. 
"Whosoever will", meaning you, me, friends, neighbors, 
young people/ Whosoever is everybody that will come 
to the Lord. 

We don't know the hour or day that the Lord will 
come. But we do know that we have the promise He 
will come again. Praise God I The King Is Coming! 

—Billy filler 
Brookville , Ohio 



WHAT JESUS MEANS TO ME 



To fully understand what Jesus means to me I have 
to relive some of the past. Nearly six years ago my 
home life was a mess. My stepmother had lost a child, 
my brother was in an accident and my littlest sister 
was killed — all in. a period of three months time. 
My family is not religious, but when things went 
wrong we blamed God. We always asked "why". Also 
about that time I met my husband. Without his and 
his family ! s faith and love for God, I don't believe 
I'd love our Savior now. Their acts of love and 
kindness showed me that there was something more than 
just hearing the word of God. I had to BELIEVE and 
have FAITH before the Lord could show me His way* 

% self-centerdness stood in the way. Did I want 
to be different? Look and act different? Could I 
REALLY BELIEVE there was a God in Heaven? I asked 



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one time j "How do you know there is a God? How can 
you love someone you can't see?" The person answered 
without blinking an eye, "Because His Word says there 
is, and without Him I'd be nothing." 

My questions were slowly being answered whenever I 
attended church, I could see that here was something 
I wanted and NEEDED. 

I asked the Lord to come into my life and live. I 
was baptized. I still have questions, I still falter, 
I still need prayers and encouragement, but ALWAYS 
the Lord Is there if we ask. 

In closing: The Lord means EVERYTHING to me. 

— Sherry Cover 

Tuolumne, California 



PREACHING— GOD'S METHOD 



The minister who mounts the pulpit should do so 
with a sense of holy awe and humility. First of all 
with the consciousness that he is charged to preach 
the Word of God, the only message of life for sinful 
man. He should also be humbled that the great God 
has thought such as he worthy to be His mouthpiece. 
He should face his task with the confident realization 
that he is authorized by God and empowered by the 
Holy Spirit. This should enable him to expose sin 
with all might and power, revealing the wrath of God 
against it. 

Since he himself has so lately been forgiven of 
his own sin he will approach his task with a tender 
and passionate love for the wayward and erring which 
will mellow and tender his ministry. He recognizes 
that he stands as a witness between- a living God and 
dying men, that his every message reaches into eter- 
nity. He will encompass his whole congregation with 
a pastor's heart of love from the eldest to the 
youngest. What he lacks in formal training will be 
overshadowed by the inner living fire within his own 
soul kindled at the altar of prayer where he constant- 



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ly. feeds and refreshes his own soul. 

The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is his 
only tool. He cannot resort to the shoddy tools of 
worldly wisdom, modern intellectualism, emotionalism, 
.compromise, or any other substandard ways or means. 
His message is the Word. His strength is in his Lord, 
and with Godly zeal and absolute faith and at every 
opportunity to preach with the realization that time 
is short and eternity long. 

— Mervin J . Eaer 
Selected from The Pearl of Gr eat Price 



BAPTISM 

Again our hearts were made to rejoice as we wit- 
nessed another precious soul, Martha Skiles, make her 
peace with God through confession and Holy Baptism on 
August 26. As we are encouraged by new strength in 
our ranks, may we as brethren and sisters in Christ 
be such examples that will help her to "grow in grace 
and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 

— Melvin Coning 



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OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN 

Our Father which in Heaven art^ 
We never from Thee want to part; 

) Thy name we hallow — Thou art God; 

\ The footsteps of Thy Son we* 11 tread. 

We know Thy kingdom soon will come^ 
And all Thy will on earth be done. 
Then help us do Thy will below ^ 
So by thy will to Heaven we 1 11 go. 

Give us each day our daily bread; 
Our souls from Thee likewise be fed. 
Give us forgiving love, and ohi 

Please pardon every debt we owe. 

■ 

Lead us> dear Father I lead us where 
Green pastures grow, and all is fair. 
Help thoughts of sin and evil flee 
That we may place our all in Thee. 

We know Thy Grace will save. Dear Friend; 
Thy power and glory never end; 
Thy kingdom still appears in view 
That we would love to share with You. 

Give us a faith that ! s strong and sure 
And give us strength that we* 11 endure. 
.We'll humbly follow Thee, and then 
Our prayers will be fulfilled! Amen. 
• 

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10 _ THE PILGRIM . 

OBITUARIES 

ALVIN CLAY WAGNER, son of Clay E. and Orpha E* 
Wagner, was born May 15, 1942 and departed this life 
August 13, 1979, age thirty seven years, two months, 
and twenty eight days. Alvin was born and spent his 
life in the Modesto area. He was a fork-lift oper- 
ator and devoted much of his time in the radio and 
tape ministry, Alvin had a strong faith in the Lord 
and often testified of the love and power of God. 

Alvin is survived by a foster son, Timothy Gibson, 
and three brothers: Daniel Solomon and Eugene 
Bradford both of Bradford, Ohio, and Joseph Ernest 
of Modesto, California, 

Funeral services were conducted by Joseph and 
Leslie Cover at Salas Brothers Chapel in Modesto on 
August 15, 1979. Alvin 1 s body was laid to rest in 
Wood Colony Cemetery, Modesto. 

—The Family 

ELSIE SUSAN WOLF, daughter of Elder Nicolas and 
Sarah (Brubaker) Crist, was born November 25, 1881, 
near North Hampton, Clark County, Ohio, in the Donnels 
Creek Church District. At the age of five years, she 
moved with her parents to the Cedar Creek District 
in Anderson County, Kansas. 

On May 25, 1894, at the age of 13~| years, she 
accepted her Lord, and was baptized into the Old 
German Baptist Church. She held membership in the 
Old Brethren Church from 1913 to 1924 and then identi- 
fied herself with the Old Order German Baptist Church, 
to which she held faithful until her passing. 

At the age of 21 years, she moved with her parents 
to Olathe, Kansas. On January 24, 1906, she was united 
in marriage with David F. Wolf from Quinter, Kansas 
where they made their first home. In September, 1910 
they moved on homestead land near Sheridan Lake, Colo- 
rado where they lived until November, 1913, when they 
returned to their old farm at Quinter. This they sold 



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in 1916 and moved to Modesto, California, where they 
lived for two years. In 1918 they bought a farm at 
Rio Oso near Marysville, California, After 25 years 
at Rio Oso, the family returned to Modesto where Mother 
remained at their farm home on Dakota Avenue, 

Mother broke her hip on July 10, 1978, and was 
anointed on July 25 in the name of the Lord, which gave 
her much comfort. 

After a long and active life, her last illness was 
of a few days, and she quietly passed away at her home 
in the morning of August 20, 1949 at the age of 97 
years, 8 months, and 25 days. 

She was preceeded in death by her husband on 
January 29 $ 1949, and three children in infancy: Ellie, 
Alva, and Harvey, one brother, John B. Crist, and one 
sister, Lizzie Barnhart. 

She leaves her family with precious memories; two 
sons and two daughters: Charles Wolf, Viola Wolf, 
Joseph J. Wolf, and Ruth Wolf; four grandchildren, and. 
nine great-grandchildren. 

In all of her travels and trials, Mother learned 
to be submissive to the will of the God she loved and 
trusted. She leaned heavily on Him for support and 
tried to live close, to the ancient order of the Church. 
(Romans 8:18) Mother loved to talk scriptures and of 
the life of her Lord to all. 

After a short service at her home, funeral services 
were held August 24 at 10 A.M. in the West Modesto 
meetinghouse. Donald Burns had the message from St. 
John 14:1-4, assisted by Howard Oyler, Charles Diehl, 
and -Joseph Lavy. Hymns were 451, 455, and 491. 
Orlando Blickenstaff officiated at the graveside where 
Mother was laid to rest beside her husband in the Wood 
Colony Cemetery to await the call of her Lord on that 
glorious Resurrection morn. 

—The Family 



Every word of God is pure: 'he is a shield unto them 
that put their trust in him, — Proverbs 30:5 



12 THE PILGRIM _______ 

HISTORICAL 

A LETTER WRITTEN BY JELIS BERMERTS 
TO BRETHREN AND SISTERS, 
AFTER HE WAS SENTENCED 

Grace and peace from God our heavenly Father, and 
His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who gave Himself for 
our sins, that He might deliver us from this present 
evil world, according to the will of His Father; to 
Him be praise , honor, glory and thanksgiving, now and 
forever, Amen. (Galatians 1:4; Revelation 5:13) 

My most beloved wife and sister In the Lord, and 
all dear brethren and sisters of the church at Gh., 
after I was sentenced to death, my heart felt in- 
clined to write something to you, and to my beloved 
wife, whom I commend to you and to the Word of God, 
out of a true, affectionate heart, and genuine, un- 
feigned brotherly love, which I have to you even unto 
d^ath. Hence it is my brotherly exhortation and e- 
pistle to you all, not to fear those who can kill the 
body j since after that they can do no more. And, as 
Peter says; "Be not afraid of their terror, neither 
be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts!' 
(I Peter 3*14*15) And as he further says (dear breth- 
ren and sisters in the Lord): "Think It not strange 
concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as 
though some strange thing happened unto you: but re- 
joice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's suf- 
ferings; that when his glory shall be revealed, ye 
may be glad also with exceeding joy." (I Peter 4*12, 
13) Well might the apostle exhort us to rejoice; for 
I can write it with ' truth, since everything has now 
befallen me, except death; however, sentence has been 
passed upon me. In the first place I had great joy 
according to the spirit when I was delivered into 
bonds; though many thoughts and misgivings came to 
the flesh, yet I rejoiced according to the spirit, 
that I had been chosen of God, to suffer for His 
name. In the second place, when I had confessed my 



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faith before the authorities, and was then greatly- 
tortured, I felt that God was with me; for He gave, me 
such strength, that no matter what sufferings and tor- 
tures they inflicted upon me, they could get nothing 
out of me, but what tended to the praise of the Lord, 
and to my salvation; wherefore they became angry, and 
asked me whether I would not yet tell; for, said they, 
"We have power to torture you thus every day." I 
said; "My body is before you; do with it as you 
please." After all this had taken place, my joy was 
still greater; I could not express the praise of the 
Lord, nor sufficiently thank Him for the grace He gave' 
me, that I was counted worthy to suffer for His name, " 
and to -seal His Word, with my blood; for the marks 
which I then received, and the pain, remained in my 
members unto the last day; the Lord be praised for- 
ever, since I well deserved to be chastised for my 
sins and transgressions. Afterwards I was twice 
brought before a monk. The first time he wanted to 
know my faith. I said: "Ask the authorities before 
whom I confessed it." He thereupon commenced to talk ; 
a great deal about- incarnation, and baptism. When he' 
had finished speaking, I asked him whether he meant 
thereby to maintain his ground; or if he meant, that 
I should interrogate him, and prove the contrary to 
him; but he would not hear my defense, and began to 
rail greatly against henno and his books, which as he 
said, he had read much, and found many lies in them. 
I said: "Bring them all here, and let us discuss them 
for a week." He replied: "You are not the man; so 
much trouble will not be taken with you."' We had many 
other words yet about his doctrine and church, which 
it would take too long to write. And thus I left him. 

Afterwards I was brought before him again, when 
another was with him. He wanted to dispute much about 
the sacrament, baptism, and incarnation. But I said; 
"You would not let me defend it, when I was with you 
the last time; hence I do not want to speak with you 
now." He was not satisfied with this, and said he 
should compel me to speak, with the instruments of the 



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Margrave; he also asked me whether I was ashamed of 
my faith. I replied: "I was not ashamed to confess 
it before the authorities; but I do not want to have 
anything to do with you people. " We resolved among 
ourselves that we would all do so; and I would advise 
everyone , to observe this; for it profits nothing to 
dispute with them, since they are carnal men. I was 
then sentenced to death, when my joy became complete, 
so that I could not express it, since my deliverance 
was so nigh, and I considered the words of the apos- 
tle, where he says: "Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are 
partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory 
should be revealed, I might be glad with exceeding 
joy;" and what he further says: "If ye be reproached 
for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit 
of glory and of God resteth upon you; on their part 
he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glori- 
fied." (I Peter 4**13,1 4) When I thought upon this, 
and other passages of Scripture, and when I sax-/ how 
transient tribulation and suffering were, and what 
beautiful promises were given me, and that I was to 
enter into, rest with my dear brethren and sisters who 
went before and are under the altar, and wait for all 
our: fellow brethren and sisters that must yet follow 
us, then all tribulation had to flee from me, when I 
beheld this with the spirit. 

Therefore, my dear brethren, I do not write you 
this out of vain glory, but for the consolation and 
strengthening of your hearts, so that you may not be 
afraid of those who can kill the body, since after 
that they can do no more; but that you, dear brethren 
and sisters, may always be manful, and ever remember 
your leaders, who have spoken unto you the word of 
God, even as Paul says: "Remember them which have 
the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word 
of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of 
their conversation." (Hebrews 13:7) Hence, my most 
beloved, give attendance always among yourselves, to 
exhortation, to reading, to praying; and do not for- 
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exhort one another to love and good works, and be 
firmly united in love, and use hospitality one to, 
another; always be of one heart and of one .soul among 
yourselves, so that when you get into bonds : (if this 
be the will of the Lord) your heart may be unencum- 
bered. 

Herewith I commend you to the Lord, and to the 
Word of His grace. Amen. Farewell, farewell to you 
all, my dear brethren and sisters in the Lord. 

Written by me , Jelis Barnaerts, to you, my dear 
brethren and sisters in the Lord, from the bottom of 
my heart, and out of true love. Amen. 



— Martyrs Mirror , p. 629 



COMMUNION NOTICES 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our fall Love- 
feast on October 20 & 21. A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all of our members and friends 
to attend. 

—Daniel F. Wplf 

We, the brethren and sisters of the Eastern 'District, 
have chosen the third and fourth of November for our 
fall Communion and Lovefeast. The Lord willing, it 
will be held in the Ohio meeting house near Bradford, 
Ohio. 

Communion with the Canada members will be held, the 
Lord willing, on September 30 near Maple, Ontario. 

We invite all of our brethren and sisters, children 
and friends to enjoy these times -of ■ fellowship -and 
spiritual uplift together with us. 

— Melvin Coning 



In spite of inflation, the wages of sin remain 
g * Selected 'by Leona Miller 



16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A QUIZ about JESUS AND THE LITTLE CHILDREN, THE BOY 
WHO SHARED, THE, CHIIDREN WHO MOCKED, TIMOTHY, THE BOY 
WHO SAVED PAUL'S LIFE, and A BOY NAMED SAMUEL 

(see Feb. to Aug. 1979 issues for answers) 
Answer the following questions: 
WHAT did Jesus' disciples do when some mothers brought 

their children to Jesus? 

What did Jesus say to the disciples? 

— -What, did Jesus do to the babies and children? 
HOW many loaves of bread and how many small fishes 

did the boy share with the multitude? 
- — Why didn't the people have food of their own? 

How many people were in that great crowd? 

— .-How many baskets of bread were left over? 

WHO'- was the prophet that was- mocked by the children? 

Hew many children were mocking him? 

„_What happened 'to ; the' children? 

- — Why shouldn't we mock other people? 

DID Timothy's mother and grandmother love Gcd? 

How do we know? 

Who. was the apostle that Timothy traveled with? 

How did Timothy die? 

HOW many men had made a premise that they would kill 

the apostle Paul? 
-Who was the boy who found out about their wicked 

plans? (Paul was the boy's ) 

What did the bey do? 

WHY did young Samuel go to live with the. priest? 

What was Samuel ''s mother 1 s name? 

— -What was the priest's name? 

Were the priest's two sons good men? 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
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LET ALL THINGS NOW LIVING 

Let all things now living 

A song of thanksgiving 

To God the Creator triumphantly raise , 

Who fashioned and made lis, 

Protected and stayed us^ 

Who guideth us on to thfe end of our days. 

His banners are o'er us ; 

His light goes before us, 

A pillar of fire shining forth in the night, 

1 Til shadows have vanished 

And darkness is banished, 

As forward we travel from light into light. 

His law He enforces, \ 

The stars in their courses, 

The sun in his orbit, obediently shine. 

The hills and the mountains, 

The rivers and fountain^, 

The deeps of the ocean proclaim Him divine. 

We, too, should be voicing 

Our love and rejoicing, 

With glad adoration a song let us raise, 

*Til all things now living 

Uhite in thanksgiving 

To God in the highest, hosanna and praise J 

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G0D T S PROVISIONS 

fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no 
want to them that fear him* — Psalm 34:9 

Some have called Psalm 34 the Insurance Policy of 
the Christian. And surely it is better than any pol- 
icy sold on the market today or devised by man. At 
this Thanksgiving season we should appreciate God's 
abundant provision .for His own. And we see that His 
good gifts are not only to His own but to all men 
only in a limited way. This best of all "insurance 
policies" has special unlimited provisions for those 
who trust in the Greatest of all companies. 

The insurance companies of this world are limited 
to one area — financial. There is insurance of all 
kinds — health, accident, fire, theft, storm, etc. — 
but there still is only one way in which they can 
help and that is to pay. These companies have tre- 
mendous resource's. They can pay and pay well if a 
person qualifies. In order to qualify one must have 
a valid policy — paid up to the time of collecting — 
and must have provision in the valid policy for the 
particular accident or loss. If the loss is not 
specified in the policy, the insured man gets nothing. 

With God 1 s "company" the principles are ■ similar 
only with several important differences. God's re- 
sources are 'unlimited, His ways of "paying off" are 
unlimited and the "policy" is such a broad, one that 
we marvel that all people would not invest. 

Since God's policy is such a broad one and the 
ways of "paying" are unlimited in manner and extent, 
the premium is also one of total committment. The 
"policy" states that it is for those that fear the 
Lord and trust in Himj for those who are of a broken 
heart and a contrite spirit. When we invest here 



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there can be no other committment , and no other is 

needed. 

As to the extent of benefits, they are unlimited. 
Some of these benefits would be gladness, deliverance 
from fears, lightening (the opposite of darkness and 
heaviness), deliverance from being ashamed, salvation 
from all troubles, deliverance from want of any good 
thing. God T s means can range from financial into the 
greater, more valuable benefits of the spiritual and 
the eternal. He is unlimited. His resources are un- 
limited, and He wants to use them for His people. His 
promises are given in Jesus Christ His Son and are for 
this life and for that which is to come. 

Are w^ insurance minded? Do we have enough cover- 
age? Those who have overlooked God's policy are the 
ones who don r t have enough insurance. We cannot af- 
ford to be without it. The risks are too great. Your 
policy is simply inadequate if your company can pay 
only in financial benefits. Why don't you invest in 
a policy that gives full coverage? 

"0 taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is 
the man that trusteth in him. 11 (Verse 8) 

"The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger; but 
they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing." 
(Verse 10) 

"0 give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for 
his mercy endureth for ever." (Psalm 107:1) 



MUTUAL AID 

"And all that believed were together, and had all 
things common ..." (Acts ZxUU) 

"Bear ye one another l s burdens, and so fulfil the 
law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2) 

"For if there be first a willing mind, it is ac- 
cepted according to that a man hath, and not according 
to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be 
eased and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now 
at this time your abundance may be a supply for their 
want, that their abundance also may be a supply for 



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your want: that there may be equality: As it is 
written. He that had gathered much had nothing over; 
and he that had gathered little had no lack." (II 
Corinthians 8:12-15) 

"But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his 
brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of com- 
passion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in 
him?" (I John 3:17) 

We can see from the above scriptures that the 
Christian indeed has a responsibility as well as a 
privilege to help his brother with his goods, time, 
and talent. These scriptures also show that there is 
a proper way to go about it and that failure to help 
those in need shows a lack of the love of God in our 
hearts . 

There are certain principles which must be applied 
if this Bible teaching is to be the blessing it is 
intended for us. One is our attitude in giving and 
receiving. Man's natural inclination is to think 
"What's in it for me?" or "Will the .brethren really 
take care of my possible losses?" or "How much of my 
means will practising this require?" If we attempt 
to follow this teaching with any of these attitudes, 
we will miss the blessing, and it is doubtful if we 
will long observe this principle. Our attitude 
should Instead be, "What can I do for others?" There 
must be a willingness to use any or all of our time, 
talent, or means for the benefit of those who are in 
need. Our Lord did not hesitate to give His all for 
our needs, even to the suffering and death of the 
cross. Can we do less? We are not likely to be 
called upon to literally lay down our physical lives, 
but the test is in the way we react when our brother 
needs help. Are we just too busy to help just now? 
When he needs some material aid do we willingly give 
even if it makes it inconvenient for us? If these 
small things seem difficult to us, how would we ever 
meet the test if a really difficult trial were to 
come? Only by diligent daily application of this 
teaching in our life can we be strengthened enough 
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Anotner principle is our attitude toward receiving* 
Do we feel that when we have a loss it is the breth- 
ren's obligation to take care of it? Or would we 
rather rejoice if we had the opportunity to bear our 
own loss and not be a burden to others? This must be 
our attitude if we would receive the blessing. Gould 
we do this and still willingly continue to help oth- 
ers? 

We must, however, be willing to gracefully and 
thankfully receive assistance when it is offered, and 
if we really do not feel we needed the help, then we 
can just give that much more as we have opportunity* 

Another necessary point is illustrated in the above 
passage from Second Corinthians. It says that both 
were gathering. In other words, both needed to oe 
doing his best to provide for his own needs. As an- 
other scripture puts it, we should no longer seek dis- 
honest gain !l . . • but labour, working with our hands 
that we may have to give to those in need." (Ephesians 
4; 28) Another place it tells us, "If any would not 
work, neither should he eat." (II Thessalonians 3:1 0) 
These scriptures plainly tell us that God's economy 
has no place for loafers. If we have reasonable 
health and right use of our mind, God expects us to 
be productive both in the natural and spiritual realm. 
He does not expect us just to earn enough to get by on 
and then stop, for the above verse and others plainly 
tell us that we should try to earn enough to have to 
give to others l These scriptures make no provision 
for us to lavish it upon ourselves or to spend for 
hobbies or other unnecessary things. It would be 
better not to have any extra than to waste it on un- 
necessary things, but the best goal is to labor to 
supply our needs and then to have to give to those 
in need. 

If we are really putting forth good honest effort, 
there is no shame in being poor or In need. The Lord 
has blessings for us in all conditions. Our part is 
to do our best and then meekly and willingly accept 
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I do not believe the scripture will support the 
idea of complete equality of material posses sions» 
It does tell us that in His economy none should suffer 
need, and none should waste excess upon themselves. 
I am not wise enough to understand many things the 
Lord in His wisdom sees fit to do, but I know He 
doesn't make any mistakes, and He has seen fit to give 
more talents or abilities to some than to others. 
Those with more ability also have more responsibility 
to make the right use of them. The Lord does require 
the same from us all, though. He requires that we do 
our best! . 

The Lord tells us in hatthew 6:19-21, "Lay not up 
for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and 
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through 
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in 
heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and 
where thieves do not break through nor steal: For 
where your treasure is, there will your heart be also! 1 
A life lived for the Lord, one that lays up treasure 
in heaven, is a- life lived for others. If Jesus were 
here I am sure any of us would be glad to give any- 
thing we have to Him. He said, "Inasmuch as ye have 
done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, 
ye have done it unto me . « 

When we stand before the Judge and the books are 
opened, will it be found there that we practised this 
principle of helping one another? It will be a de- 
ciding factor in whether we must depart to punishment 
or be allowed the unspeakable joy of entering into 
that city. 

Oh, who would not a Christian be, 
The Lord of life and glory seej 
Obey His Word out of true love 
And meet the blessed saints above. 

— James Beery 

Nappanee , Indiana 



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WHAT JESUS MEANS TO ME . . . 

As my mind reflects the past, I am filled with 
thankfulness for true and loving brethren. Just a 
little over a year ago, my life was controlled by the 
world — Satan. Beyond that was what I call the years 
of conflict, or confusion. Coupled with conflict in 
school and in church, my solace was home. (Thank God 
for that!) les, if it were not for home, I tremble at 
where I might be now. Home was my security; most oth- 
er places I felt insecure. 

When I started working with the aged and actually 
watched a person turn into mere flesh and bones, this 
kind of stunned me and instilled a more seriousness 
within me — about God and life. i 

Soon after I started working in : a hospital, some of 
my relation moved to be with a different group of 
brethren. This sparked my interest enough to learn 
all about them, which I soon learned that they had the 
same convictions that I had. 

During this time, an incident happened that has 
stuck to my mind. While going about my duties in the 
hospital one night, a lady patient; stopped me and 
asked me, "You 1 re a Christian, areh ! t you?" 

This took me by surprise not jubt a little, as much 
as the answer I gave her, "Yes!" She then inferred 
that she could tell I was. This troubled me. So I 
wanted to be a Christian. I said I was. A Christian 
without baptism? A Christian without brethren? In- 
credible 1 Impos sible ! 

From this point, a desire began growing; something 
was calling me. I met with these brethren and found 
it satisfying to my soul. I actually wanted to be 
with them. And the young folks — I actually felt a 
part of them. This was new to me. 

Time went on. The desire grew to be with these new- 
found brethren. At one meeting especially, this de- 
sire grew so great that tears welled in my eyes. This 
great desire was to be a part of them. 

Soon after this I wa s impressed with the thoughts, 



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"Quench not the Spirit" and "Today is the day of sal- 
vation." Yes, the Spirit was speaking, so I heeded 
Him. Here at last were loving brethren who would 
perform Christian baptism. Praise the Lord! 

This ended my confusion, insecurity, fears and 
materialistic mind — sin. I let Jesus end my confu- 
sion, for I find none in Him. Jesus is my security; 
I have no fear through Him* Though I fear His.. wrath 
if I disobey Him, I must simply obey Him. Jesus 
turned my mind from this world to heaven, from the 
things seen to those things unseen. Jesus gave me 
mercy, just in time, through His forgiving power. 
His love" is mine, His power and strength. Jesus means 
LIFE ETERNAL I Though I may lose everything — a home, 
money, land, etc. — I still have the greatest thing 
found on earth- — Jesus! In Him is faith, hope and 
charity. Through Him is fellowship with the dear 
brethren. But what I am striving for is eternal 
communi on with Jesus in heaven. This is what Jesus 
means to me, all of me! 

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for 
the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life," 
(Jude 21) 

— Ronald Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 



NOT GROWING OLD 

They say that I am growing old, 

I've heard them tell it times untold 

In language plain and bold — 

But I ! m not growing old. 

This frail old , shell in which I dwell 

Is growing old, I know full well — 

But I am not the shell. 

What if my hair is turning grey? 
Grey hairs are honorable, they say* 
What if my eyesight's growing dim? 
I still can see to follow Him 



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Who sacrificed His life for me 
Upon the Cross of Calvary. 

What should I care if Time's old plough 

Has left its furrows on my brow? 

Another house, not made with hand, 

Awaits me in the Glory Land. 

What though I falter in my walk? 

What though my tongue refuse to talk? 

I still can tread the Narrow Way; 

I still can watch and praise and pray. 

My hearing may not be as keen 

As in the past it may have been; 

Still I can hear my Savior say 

In whispers soft, "This is the way." 

The outward man, do what I can 

To lengthen out this life's short span, 

Shall perish, and return to dust, 

As everything in nature must. 

The inward man, the scriptures say, 

Is growing stronger every day. 

Then how can I be growing old 
When safe within my Savior's fold? 
E're long my soul shall fly away 
And leave this tenement of clay. 
This robe of flesh I'll drop and rise 
To seize the "everlasting prize". — 
I'll meet you on the Streets of Gold 
And prove that I'm not growing old. 

By John E. Roberts 

"But though our outward man perish, yet the inward 
man is renewed day by day." (II Corinthians 4:1 6) 

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OBITUARY 

EDWARD LEWIS MOORE, beloved son of Zebedee A. and 
Edna L. (Markey) Moore, was born on June 4 3 1922, in 
Los Angeles, California. He attended schools in the 
Covina area. 

At the age of 15 years, he gave his heart to Jesus 
and accepted Him and His love. He was baptized on 
June 15, 1937, at the New River District at Whittier 
of the Old German Baptist Church, to which he re- 
mained faithful. 

In 1940 he moved with his parents to Modesto. He 
was married to Mildred Brubaker on July 29, 1943. 
They were the parents of two sons, Hubert and Kenneth, 
and one daughter, Mina. 

Daddy spent his early married life in farming and 
later enjoyed his work as a salesman in many phases 
of the building profession. He again turned to farm- 
ing in later years and was always honest and' con- 
scientious in his work and dealings. 

Daddy loved people. He never met a stranger. He 
devoted his life to others, especially enjoying his 
companion of 36 years and his children and grand- 
children- Their welfare was a primary concern. He 
will be remembered for his cheerfulness and attentive 
love, not only by his family but by many other friends 
and young people who have fond memories of the family 
home and many happy hours of Christian fellowship. 

Daddy passed away at the family home near Hughson, 
California, on August 28, 1979, aged 57 years, 2 
months, and -24. days. We know we have the assurance 
of a loving Lord and put our trust In Him for all 
understanding. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Mildred Moore; 
their three children, Hubert Moore, Kenneth Moore, 
and Mina Benedict, and their companions, all of the 
Modesto area; his father, Zebedee A. Moore; his step- 
mother, Jane P. Moore; and one step-brother, William 
Duncanson. He is also survived by his loving father- 
and mother-in-law, L. B. and Anna Brubaker and nine 



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grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother 
on January 7, 1951, &nd one grandson, Benjamin 
Benedict, in 1971 . 

We have felt your love and prayers for our husband 
and daddy now and in these past years. We ask for 
continuing prayers in our behalf. Our hearts are full 
of thanksgiving for all the kindnesses. "The Lord 
gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the 
name of the Lord." 

A large assembly of his family, brethren, neighbors, 
and friends gathered for the funeral services on 
Friday, August 31, 1979, at 10:00 a.m. in the Tuolumne 
Church. Elder Daniel hohler opened with hymn 4.58 and 
referred to the thirty-fourth Psalm, which was pre- 
cious to Daddy. Elder Aaron Millar brought the mes- 
sage of hope and mercy with hymn 21 and special mem- 
ories of their boyhood days in Whittier. Elder 
Benjamin Root closed with hymn 455 a nd gave solace 
and peace to sorrowing hearts. 

Elder Stanley Filbrun officiated at the graveside 
service in the Wood Colony Cemetery. With the closing 
of our dear one r s life here on earth, we looked up as 
the congregation sang "In the Christian's home in 
glory", with the beautiful chorus of 

"There is re&t for the weary, 
And there's rest for you." 

--The Family 



HE GIVETH MORE GRACE 



He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater; 
He sendeth, more strength when the labors increase. 
To added affliction He addeth His mercy; 
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace. 

When we have e:xhausted our store of endurance, 

When our strength has failed ere the day is half done, 

When we reach the end of our hoarded resources, 

Our Father's full giving is only begun. 

His love has no limit; His grace has no measure; 

His power has no boundary known unto men. 

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, 

He giveth and giveth and giveth again. — Annie J. Flint 



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HISTORICAL 

NICHOLAS FBLBINGER MD JOHN LEYTNER, 
IN THE YEAR 1 560 

In the year 1560 brother Nicholas Felbinger, or 
Schlosser, a willing minister of the Word of God, who 
was on trial yet, was apprehended, with another broth- 
er by the name of John Leytner, not far from Neumarkt, 
in Bavaria, where they had come on the first day af- 
ter Judica, in Lent, on their flight on account of 
the faith. They were taken to Neumarkt, where they 
were twice examined by the judge and his assessors, 
and interrogated especially with regard to Infant 
baptism. But having clearly and thoroughly shown 
that Christ had not commanded it, but only the bap- 
tism of adults, who hear, understand, believe, and 
accept the Word of God, they were, early next morning, 
placed In a cart, and, escorted by horsemen and 
guards, sent to Landshut, where each was imprisoned 
separately, and Nicholas kept chained. Afterwards 
the council met, and summoned them before them; they 
spoke much with them, but could accomplish nothing. 

They then sent two learned men, namely, two 
Dominicans, to them, who conversed with them about 
the sacrament, infant baptism, and why they had left 
the papal church; but the brethren answered them from 
the Word of God, that they had to leave it. 

Hence they then tried them by torture, racking 
them severely, especially most severely when they 
wanted to know where they had lodged, and whither 
they intended to go. But Nicholas said: "We are net 
bound to tell you these things." They asked: "Why?" 
He said: "Because you confiscate their property, 
torture and kill them for it, and sin against them. 
Should we betray those who do us good? we do not 
betray even our enemies — why then our friends?" They 
said: "Then we will not cease to torture you, till 
you tell us," and left them lying on the rack a long 
time, until the executioner himself interceded in 
their behalf, and said: "Do desist; for though they 



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be tortured all day, you will get nothing out of 
them." 

Then the judge became enraged, and called them 
rogues and condemners of others. But Brother Nicholas 
said: "We condemn no one; but your sins condemn you, 
if you do not desist from them, this we testify ac- 
cording to the truth." 

The superior judge asked: "What is truth?" The 
brother replied: "You would not understand it, though 
I should tell you; for you know as much what truth is, 
as did Pilate, who asked the same question." (John 18: 
38) 

After this, two doctors were sent from the monks 
to them, a distance of over nine leagues; who endeav- 
ored in many and various ways to turn them, but were 
not a tie to do it. Likewise the chancellor and the 
lord of Landshut came to them once, and assailed them; 
but they found them steadfast in their faith, and had 
to leave them steadfast, being unable to gain them by 
their false and seductive counsels. 

Two priests and a doctor in the Scriptures then 
came to them, and vehemently argued with them about 
infant baptism; but Nicholas vigorously withstood them 
with the Scriptures, and drove them from him. 

After these, the chancellor and several Dominicans 
came to them, and sought to move them by suavity; but 
they valiantly withstood all the gates of hell, fully 
assured that they stood in the divine truth, which 
they faithfully and thoroughly defended, and said that 
they wanted to adhere to it in the simplicity of 
Christ. Thereupon the chancellor said to Brother 
Nicholas: "Are you simple? I cannot believe this; a 
hundred might come, before there should be one who 
could defend himself like you; but I consider you an 
enthusiast, even as many are found at present, who 
roam about without reason." But they boldly confessed 
and defended their faith, and God gave them a mouth 
and wisdom which the others were not able to resist. 
(Luke 21:15) 

After all this, they were sentenced to death by the 
children of Rilate, and Brother Nicholas r tongue was 



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tied fast, that h© should not speak to the people at 
the place of execution; towards the close , however, 
his tongue was freed so much that the two brethren 
could converse together. 

John Leytner, whom the executioner proceeded to 
execute first, said to Nicholas: "Dear brother, if 
my death should terrify you, go forward first, and I 
will wait for the last," But brother Nicholas said; 
"Oh, no, Oh, no; I do not dread it." .And thus John 
valiantly offered his neck to the sword, and was be- 
headed, Nicholas beholding it with intrepidity and 
boldness, as though it did not concern him. He then 
advanced also, knelt down, and offered his head, 
which was struck off for his faith, as had been done 
to the other. Thus these two testified to the divine 
truth with their blood, which took place on the 10th 
of July, 15^0. 

— Martyrs Mirror 



BAPTISMS 

We of the Salida Congregation were made to rejoice 
with the angels of Heaven when another precious soul, 
Lloyd Wagner, was received into our fellowship on 
September 16 by a public confession of faith in Jesus 
Christ and Holy Baptism. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 

Once again our hearts were made to rejoice when 
three precious young souls decided to give their 
hearts to the Lord and requested Christian Baptism. 
Paul Royer and Neil Martin were baptized September 16 
at Wakarusa, Indiana-. Beth Ann Flora was baptized at 
Bradford, Ohio, en October 7. May the Lord give them 
guidance and true joy and peace as they journey 
Heavenward, 

— Melvin Caning 






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BIRTHS 

BLOCHER - A son, Jason Ray, born September 3 to 
Donovan and Penny Blocher of Urbana, Indiana. 

BED BAKER - A son, Michael James, born October 26 to 
Stanley and Janice Brubaker of- Goshen, Indiana, 

MILLER - A son, Randy Allen, born October 30 to 
Fred and Erma Miller of Sonora, California. 



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THE BABY MOSES 

While God's people were still living in £&ypt, a 
terrible thing happened. The Egyptian king decided 
that there were too many Israelites in his country. 
So he said that from now on whenever an Israelite 
baby was born It was to be killed if it was a boy. 

But God did not want the Israelite women to kill 
their baby boys, so they kept them alive and tried to 
hide them from the king. This made the king angry 
and he commanded all his people, saying, "Every son 
that is born ye shall cast into the river*" 

At this time there was a little Israelite baby born. 
His mother saw that he was a goodly child, and kept 
him hidden for three months. "And when she could not 
longer hide him, she took for him an ark .of bulrushes, 
and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the 
child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the 
river's brink." There, in his little waterproof bas- 
ket, the tiny baby floated, while his sister stood 
far away, watching to see what would happen to him. 

As <the girl watched she saw the king's daughter 
and some of her maids aome down to the water. They 
picked up the little ark with the baby inside. Would 
they throw the baby boy Into the river, as the king 
had commanded? No, for the little baby was crying, 
and they felt sorry for it. The king's daughter de- 
cided to keep the Israelite baby for her very own, and 
she named it hoses. God worked it out so that the 
baby's own mother took care of little Moses in the 
king's house. And Moses was taught the ways of God 
as he grew to become a man* — SKB 

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VOL, 26 DECEMBER, 1979 NO. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST 

Shepherds, rejoice I lift up your eyes, 

And send your fears away; 
News from the regions of the skies 1 - 

Salvation's born today, 

Jesus, the God whom angels fear, 
Comes down to dwell with you; 

Today He makes His entrance here, 
But not as monarchs do. 

No gold, nor purple swaddling bands, 

Nor royal shining things: 
A manger for His cradle stands, 

And holds the Kings of kings. 

Go, shepherds, where the Infant lies, 

And see His humble throne; 
With tears of joy in all your eyes, . 

Go, shepherds, kiss the Son. 

Glory to God, that reigns above; 

Let peace surround the earth: 
Mortals shall know their Maker 1 s love 

At their Redeemer 1 s birth. 

Glory to God, that reigns above, 

That pitied us forlorn: 
We join to sing our Maker's love, 

For there's a Saviour born. 

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JESUS, OUR REDEEMER 

"Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made 
like unto his brethren;. . ." (Hebrews 2:17) 

Jesus is our theme in this writing. Jesus and His 
coming into the world as a child are in the thoughts 
and on the lips of many at this season of the year. 
Jesus, the Son of God, should be our joy and our song 
now and always, and tte must understand and appreciate 
His coming into the world as a child (His incarnation) 
and His accomplishments as our Saviour. - 

This theme of Jesus and His incarnation is the 
reason for the writing of the book of Hebrews. His 
earthly life which began in the womb of a Jewish vir- 
gin and in a Bethlehem manger is marvellous beyond 
description. The fact that God could -beooae a man is 
superseded only by the blessed fact that He would do 
it because of His love for us. 

We can partly understand such love by thinking of 
our own children. We would do almost anything to 
keep them from making wrong choicos and doing wrong 
things and taking the resulting suffering. We are 
limited in power and understanding, and sometimes we 
don't know exactly what to do* But God is unlimited, 
and He found a way to redeem us and give us light and 
life* ,r But God commendeth his love toward us, in 
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." 
(Romans 5:8) 

The early life of Jesus has not been recorded ex- 
cept for a few incidents. Perhaps this is because 
that part of His life here served mainly to bring Him 
to the adult ministry and the .sacrifice that were so 
effective in redeeming the world. Vie might speculate 
about how much He knew, as an infant, of the days 
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that He came and lived and died and rose again to 
save us from condemnation. 

Verse 16 in Hebrews 2 says, "For verily he took 
not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him 
the seed of Abraham," .Verse 9 says that He "• . . was 
made a little lower than the angels for the suffering 
of death. . . " He willingly condescended to our low 
position so that He might die for us. Verse 17 and 
18 continue the thought; "Wherefore in all things it 
behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that 
he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in 
things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for 
the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath 
suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them 
that are tempted." Not only was He tempted, but He 
was "in all points tempted like we are, yet without 
sin." (4;l6.) "And being made perfect, he became the 
author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey 
him." (5:9) 

What does all this mean to us — this Infant in the 
manger, His growing tc manhood and accomplishing 
atonement for our sins? His attainment and victory 
were not in the manger, and perhaps the adversary 
would overplay the manger scene for this very reason. 
To see and admire a baby, even one this special, 
brings no particular moral obligation. Jesus began 
His life on earth in the manger, -but because He went 
on and accomplished our redemption, we are obliged to 
respond. Because He died, men must choose — either to 
believe Him and be saved, or reject Him and be lost* 
That choice is the most important one we are called 
to make. Beside this, all other matters seem unim- 
portant. The hymn writer says, 

What will you do with Jesus? 
Neutral you cannot be. 
Someday your soul will be asking, 
What will He do with me. 

Jesus came as a baby; He lived as a man; He knows 
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again- Own Him now as your Saviour. !t Who is he that 
condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that 
is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, 
who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8:34) 

--L.G. 



OUR AFFECTIONS: HERE CR THERE? 

If we are alive in Christ we are to seek those 
things above and not set our affections on the things 
of this earth as is brought out so plainly in the 
forepart of - Colossians 3> 

Yes, we have many warnings about materialism and 
the effects and outcome of it upon our very lives. 
Why? Because being overly involved in this area can 
lead us away from God to the extent that He becomes 
left out or secondary in our daily walk. When our 
houses are full of all things and food is of an abun- 
dance we tend to be this way if we are not careful 
and mindful. We become so engrossed that we think we 
are self sufficient and say we did this or that, and 
we in turn become dissatisfied and want more. 

Before we go on I would like for you to answer a 
simple question. What are you really and sincerely 
living for? Is the most important and first goal you 
can think of working day after day in nopes of buying 
a farm in the future? The list could go on and on, 
but I feel confident that this isn't foremost in our 
lives. I hope and pray that we are living for God 
and that Jesus has first place in our lives. Sure, 
these other things have their places, but let's keep 
them there! We can easily see what the world is plac- 
ing first. So we as a Christian family who are in 
this world face a great challenge to not become a 
part of it in this area. (I John 2:15) But we are 
human beings and at times we seem to just silently 
get carried away in it, and before long our spiritual 
knowledge and foresight is hindered or blurred. Let's 
face it, brethren, materialism is affecting the pres- 
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take an ..examination and evaluate our motives, Inter- 
ests and concerns and also remind ourselves of the 
good words of Jesus when He tells us not to lay up 
for ourselves treasures upon earth, but lay up for 
ourselves treasures in Heaven* 

Me want to look at it from the other side also be- 
cause riches and material possessions can, like know- 
ledge, if used right, be a blessing, Jesus tells us 
not to be idle. We are commanded to work hard and not 
to eat the bread of idleness, which in turn may bring 
more than necessities. This then brings a great re- 
sponsibility to make the right use of It, as being 
willing to distribute to others as needs arise and " 
not to hold or live It all up ourselves. Yes, self- 
indulgence is as great a sin as any and one can be 
guilty of this by living in the finest of luxuries 
and heaping things to oneself. Jesus condemns this 
type of living. For one reason, these things are not 
ours. We are to use them in a wise manner with a 
Christlike attitude, being in a frame of mind that if 
it would be required to give it all up, we could. 

Another question comes to my mind as to what kind 
of a witness are we to the world, neighbors, or more 
yet, our children, concerning this matter. The Bible 
plainly tells us that we can serve only one of the 
two, God or mammon, not both. This is a very serious 
thought. If we are more anxious about the dollar than 
we are about our Almighty God, then I question the 
value of our testimony. When we get into a discussion 
with someone we have never met, what kind of an im- 
pression do we leave with them? I must confess that 
it seems easy to talk about daily affairs such as hogs 
and prices and ways of doing this and that in a more 
efficient way. It seems that we know lots about this 
and we could talk on and on* But maybe many questions 
go unanswered concerning spiritual things that they 
might ask. Oh, how close this does come home to me! 
But I pray that God will help us to do better. This 
is a subject where you cannot- draw a line of do's and 
don't's. (The letter killeth. ) 



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One thing we all know; true happiness cannot be 
found in the temporal things of life. Solomon tried 
luxury, thinking that it would fill his soul. Most of 
you know the story. Read Ecclesiastes 2:4.-11. I 
think this would be another area where we should use 
some moderation. 

My prayer for all of us is that we seek first to be 
rich toward God . And if natural riches do increase, 
let's not set our hearts on them. (Jesus didn't say 
it was wrong to have our hearts on treasures but not 
on earthly treasures.) But let us look for grace to 
use them for the glory of God. I can't think of any- 
thing more sad than for us to lose our souls over the 
things which we are to leave behind. 

May the lord help us all to seek first the Kingdom 
of God and His righteousness. 



— Arnold Bowser 
Go shen , Indiana 



THE STAR THAT SHONE SC BRIGHT 

Many months ago now, as we traveled homeward from 
the hospital where we kept a vigil at my mother's bed- 
side, my eyes were drawn upward to notice the sky 
filled with bright, shining stars on a clear night 
as well as dim but twinkling ones. Among all was one 
brilliant star that appeared to be quite close, and 
somehow, this star was so different from all the rest. 

Each night we noticed the magnificent splendor in 
the vast universe, but this experience was so differ- 
ent, and as time went on it became a habit to search 
the sky for this star. I recall one night in partic- 
ular how we kept this star in view almost all the way 
home until it was lost among the tall trees. I won- 
dered . . . how it must have been that night when 
Jesus was born! We know the star was very bright 
(Matthew 2:1-10) and fear surely was felt. (Luke 2: 
8,9) 

How Is it with you? How is it with me? Are we an 
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brightly as a star so others may see we are somehow 
just a little different from those who are around, us? 

Our mistakes are quickly noticed, we know, anct I 
feel it is impossible for us to live "too clo.se" to 
God. The closer we live to Him, we will be given 
peace, joy and love, and as a result, our lives. will 
be as a bright, shining star — set apart from all the 
others. 

- — Leona Miller 

MiWuk, California 



WHAT JESUS MEANS TO ME 



Jesus is the hope which I have as an anchor of my 
soul. (Hebrews 6:17-20) This hope is sure and stead- 
fast; in it I must learn, through Jesus, to"' patiently 
wait for the reward He has promised me If I -remain 
faithful to Kim unto death. His Word and the prom- 
ises therein are my armour against Satan. He. is, the 
sure Foundation, the solid Rock, the chief Cornerstone 
on which I have begun to build. He is the same yes- 
terday, today, and tomorrow: that which is eternal. 

In my life He is the unchanging purpose for living. 
Without Him my life would be most miserable. He 'calms 
my troubled soul and lovingly promises to give me 
strength to be faithful. Abiding in Him brings vic- 
tory over temptations and sin. In Him is peace, joy, 
and contentment with that which He has given. 

Again, He is the anchor of my soul that I be not 
tossed to and fro in this life of trial. Through 
Jesus I have hope of eternal life. 

— Loraine Bayer 
Dayton, Ohio 



Think and be careful what thou art v/ithin, 
For there is sin in the desire of sin. 
Think and be thankful in a different case, 
For there is grace in the desire of grace. 

—John Byrom (1691-1763) 
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THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM 

When marshalled on the nightly plain 

The glittering hosts bestud the sky; 
One Star alone in all that train 4 

Can fix the sinner's wandering eye. > 

Hark! hark to God the chorus breaks 

From every host, from every gem; 
But one alone the Saviour speaks, 

It is the Star of Bethlehem. 

Ojtice on the raging sea I rowed; 

The wave was loud, the night was dark, 
The ocean yawned and rudely blowed 

The wind that tossed my floundering bark. 
Deep horror there my vitals froze, 

Death struck; I ceased the tide to stem, 
When suddenly a star arose; 

It was the Star of Bethlehem. 

It was my life, my light, my all; 

It bade my dark f.orbodings cease , 
And through the storm and dangers thrall 

It led me to the port of peace. 
Now safely moored, my perils o'er, 

I'll, sing first in night T s diadem, 
Forever, ohi f orevernore I 

The Star, the Star of Bethlehem! 

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THE LORD IS BOM! 

Into this world, troubled and torn, 
God ! s Son, the Prince of Peace, is born; 
Eternal light of life and hope; 
No more in night need we to grope. 

Into this world, -weary and worn, 
The Redeemer of man is born; 
Mighty Saviour to earth come down, 
Of Virgin born in David's town. 

Into this world, sad and forlorn, 
The Word of God in flesh is born 
As Christ the Lord, a baby boy; 
Good tidings brings of wondrous joy. 

Into this world, with crown of thorn 
To bear the cross Jesus is born; 
The Lamb of God, faithful and true, 
To bleed and die for me and you. 

Into each heart, of sin's pride shorn, 
The Sen of God anew is born; 
"Glory to God, peace on the earth, 
Good will to men" at Jesus 1 birth. 

CHORUS; 

Sing with great joy, no longer mourn, 
With angels sing Jesus is born; 
Sing in your- heart, God's love adorn, 
For unto us the Lord is born! 

— Hollis Flora 
Greenville , Onio 



We can often do more for others by correcting our 
own faults than by trying to correct theirs. 

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OBITUARY 

NOAH FOREST HOLLINGER, son of John and. Lizzie 
Miller Hollinger, was born in Adams township, Darke 
Go. Ohio, July 29, 1890. He quietly and peacefully 
passed away at Rest Haven Nursing Home, November 1, 
at 5:05 p.m., age 89 years, 3 months, 2 days. On 
February 15, 1911, be was married to Mary Holsmger. 
To this union were born 2 children who survive. Dad 
and Mother shared the joys and sorrows of life for 

62+ years. 

He grew to manhood on the adjoining farm where he 
was born. Always living in the nearby community, 
his earlier life was spent in farming and operating 
a thresher. He was always busy and worked until al- 
most 88 years old. 

In March of 1913 he received Christ as his person- 
al Savior and received Christian baptism by the Old 
German Baptist Brethren. He was a member of the Oak 
Grove District, the- meeting house being located near 
to where he was born. He loved his Lord and attended 
services as long as; health permitted. 

Mother left us August 11, 1973- In the lonely 
days that followed he spent much time reading his 
Bible. He stayed in his own home until January 25, 
1979, when he went to Rest Haven Nursing home. He 
enjoyed his home there and received excellent care 
for which he was most grateful. He bore his pain, 
discomfort, and affliction very patiently. 

He leaves to mourn his. passing 2 children: Elvin 
K of Bradford and .Mrs. Orville (Goldie) Hall of 
Greenville, 7 grandchildren, and U great grandchil- 
dren. His parents and 2 sisters, Viola and Rosa 
Miller, preceded him in death. 

Funeral services were conducted' Sunday, November 
4 at the Oak Grove Old German Baptist Church by Carl 
Bowman and Henry Garber. Scriptures used were. Psalms 
103, Philippians 1:20,21; also Hebrews 4:9- Hymns 
were 455, 4-99, 494- Burial was made in Oakland 
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OH WATCHERS, HE COMETH SOON! 

The world slept on, nor stirred 

While Time's great clock the set hour struck — 
Tha J hour, the hope of the ages old, 

That saints had signed for and seers foretold- 
And all the heavens heard! 

They knew it was come, the hour of hours; 
And all the ranks of angelic powers 

Worshiped the King as He passed them by, 
Down, down in a manger of earth to lie — 

And still the world slept on I 

The world slept on in gloom, 

Yet there was light 
On the earth that night; 

And watchers there were who hailed afar 
The mystic beam of the rising star; 

And watchers there were, to whom 
Came tidings that never were told before; 

And a song that shall echo forevermore — 
Oh, blessed the few who were not asleepl 

Oh, blessed the few who could vigil keep 
With God — while the world slept on! 

The world sleeps on alone 1 

Creation is up 
With the brightening hope, 

And the universe all* is wide awake: 
For the King is coming, His crown to take — 

The King — to receive His own. 
By myriads hailed, with power arrayed 

He comes, who was once in a manger laid. 
And the ever-nearing tread is heard 

Of the marshalled hosts that await His word — 
Alas I Will the slumbers never break? 

Oh, sleeping world, awake, awake i! 
Who, who is ready the King to meet? 

In rapture and homage to kiss His feet 
Oh watcher, He cometh soon! 

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HISTORICAL 

The following letter is the second one written from 
prison by Soetgen.Van den Houte, ' a devput. mother, to 
her brother, sister, and her three children. Her hus- 
band had been slain for the truth and she was soon to 
follow. The scene is the city of Ghent in Flanders 
and the time is November, 1 56O. Her first letter is 
long and filled with advice and love tc each of her 
children. Notice the steadfastness of her faith and 
the joy with which she suffered . * (L..G. ) 

Written out of love; 

The peace of the Lord be with you; my dear brother 
and sister, know that I have received two letters, 
with their contents, and I thank you most cordially 
for all the friendship you have ever shown me , and 
shall yet show me, I hope, in my three lambs whom I 
leave behind, commending them to the Lord and to those 
whom He shall direct thereto in His grace. 

Herewith I take leave once more; I think it is now 
the Hast time. We are of such good cheer to offer up 
our sacrifice that I cannot express it. I could leap 
for joy when I think : of the eternal riches which are 
promised to us as our inheritance, and to all who per- 
severe in what the Lord has commanded us. (Matthew 10; 
22) 

I know not how I shall praise the Lord that He has 
chosen Martha and myself to this estate, us who are 
such poor., simple lambs, for we have never been es- 
teemed in the world, except as outcasts; and that God 
has chosen such rejected, miserable, simple worms of 
the dust, that He will work through us, that we should 
be His witnesses, we who are not worthy of ourselves 
to receive the very least ..gift which the Lord might 
bestow, etc. 

Oh, who can ; comprehend the power, of God, that He 
should be most merciful to those who are here the most 
rejected, if they call -upon Him with confidence and 
firmly place their hope .in His grace unto the end; it 
were impossible that the lord should reject them. 



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Hence I pray all that love the Lord, that they humble 
their hearts, for the Lord says through the prophet 
Isaiah "I will dwell with him that is of a contrite 
Spirit, and of a broken heart, and trembleth at my 
word." (Isaiah 57; 66:2) 

Yea, those who thus humble themselves before the 
Lord, and do not think themselves to be something be- 
fore God, and before men, them shall God exalt and 
enrich with heavenly riches. (Matthew 23:12) Remember 
how Christ chose humility, when He left the glory of 
His Father and descended Into the lower parts of the 
earth. From obedience to His Father, and out of great 
love He became man; with great humility He came to 
serve us, suffered pain and reproach, enduring it with 
patience and longsuffering, out of obedience to His 
Father, even unto death, until He had finished all, 
so that He might save us. (Philippians 2:8) Oh, what 
love did He show us by His anxiety and sighing, when 
He said, according to His humanity: "How am I 
straightened till it be accomplished!" (Luke 12:50) 

C my most beloved, consider our Leader, Jesus 
Christ, how He regarded the humility of hary, that He 
would be born of her. And though she was chosen to 
such a high estate, she humbled herself, saying: 
"Behold the handmaid of the Lord. For God hath re- 
garded the low estate of his handmaiden; therefore, 
henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For 
his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to 
generation; for he hath scattered the proud. He hath 
put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them 
of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good 
things, and the rich hath he sent empty away. To the 
poor the gospel is preached. Blessed are they which 
do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they 
shall be filled." (Luke 1:38,48, etc.; 7:22; Matthew 
5:6) 

my dearest, my heartfelt desire and request is, 
for the last time, that you give diligence to walk in 
love, simplicity, and harmony among yourselves, always 
in the fear of God, that you may be filled with the 
Amen enly g °° d things * and satisfied now and forever. 



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Herewith I commend you to the Lord, and to the 
Word of His grace. May He comfort, strengthen, stab- 
lish you all with His Spirit, that you may finish 
that whereunto you are called, to the praise and 
glory' of the Lord, so that you may rejoice together, 
and sit down at the Lord f s table, where He shall 
serve us with new wine, in. the kingdom of God, His 
Father. 

This was written when we had eaten our last supper, 
as "far as we know. Herewith I bid adieu to all my 
brethren and sisters. I and Martha, my sister in the 
Lord, salute you much with the peace of the Lord, for 
the last time all who are known to us or not, wher- 
ever they ■; be. We rejoice in the Lord, we bid adieu 
till we meet above, in the New Jerusalem. (Hebrews 
12:22) 

Read this last farewell to all who desire to hear 
it, before you send it away; and then send it to my 
sister Betgen. 

Further, my dear child Betgen, I rejoice greatly 
that the Lord spared, me so long, that I was made glad 
before my death through your letter, by which you 
have strengthened me. I pray the Lord to strengthen 
and confirm you with his Spirit, that you may go on 
thus*/ and follow that which is best, as you wrote to 
me. -'•'•• 

my dear lambs, see that you do not spend your 
youth in vanity, or pride, or drinking, or gluttony, 
but in sobriety and humility in the fear of God, and 
diligence in every good work, that you may be clothed 
with the adornment of the saints, so that God may 
make you worthy" through His grace, to enter in to the 
marriage of the Lamb, and that we may .see you there 
with joy. Your father and I, and many others, have 
shown you the way. Take an example from the prophets 
and apostles, yea, Christ Himself, who all ..went this 
way; and where the head has. gone before, there the 
members must certainly follow. 

' Herewith I will commend you to the Lord, and to 
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dear lambs; always remember each other in love; dil- 
igently learn to read and write , and obey everyone in 
that which is good. When your brother David and 
Tanneken come to you, greet one another with a friend-, 
ly kiss of peace, in my name. 

Herewith I bid you adieu, my dear child Betgen; 
adieu, my ; dear children David and Tanneken; adieu, all 
my dear brethren and -sisters, and friends everywhere. 

Once more we say adieu; greet uncle and aunt much 
with the kiss of peace, in my name. 

Written by me Soetgen van den Houte, your mother in 
bonds; written in haste (while trembling with cold), 
out of love for you all. Amen. 

— Martyr 1 s Mirror (pages 650, 651 ) 



HE CAME 



A Babe in a manger 

To the world a stranger 

Only a few 

This stranger knew. 

People a-plenty 
But hardly any 
Knew He had come — 
The Father's own Son. 

Without the Babe 

No one was saved. 

Not the night or the day 

He; the light and the way. 

Came not to a few 
But to you. 
Believe Him 
And let Him in. 

Jesus paid the cost 
For the lost, 
Bore the pain 
To break the chain. 

— June Fountain 



Of sin and death 
When the grave He left; 
For this He came, 
Oh I praise His name. 

Yes, to me He gave — 
When He saved — 
Eternal light, 
Eternal life. 

A home aglow 

Where He did go. 

How do I know? 

His word tells me so. 

Why do I .rejoice? 
I've, made my choice. 
Angels sang at His birth; 
My Saviour, come to earth. 

And now I sing 
Of Jesus my King. 
Let Him in; 
Oh I let Him in. 
Auburn, California 



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YOUNG JESUS 

"When Jesus was a boy He must have realized that He 
was God's Son, and that He had a special life to live. 
For He kept Himself pure from every sin. He was quiet, 
obedient, and serious minded. "And the child (Jesus) 
grew, and waxed- strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; 
and the grace of God was upon Him. " 

When Jesus was twelve years old He walked with His 
family and hundreds of others to Jerusalem to keep the 
Passover feast. How happy He was to see thousands of 
people worshipping His heavenly Father. 

After several days, Jesus * family started walking 
the long road back to Nazareth. There were so many 
people in the " crowd with them that they did not know 
Jesus was missing till they had walked a whole day. 
He could not be found anywhere, so they turned around 
and sadly walked back to Jerusalem. After three days, 
they found him sitting in the temple, talking to the 
teachers about the things of tod. The men were sur- 
prised at how much Jesus -knew, for they did not know 
He was God's own Son. Jesus would have been glad to 
have stayed and talked longer, but His parents wanted 
Him to go with them. "Why did you look for me?" He 
asked them. "Didn't you Know that I must do my 
Father's business?" But, being an obedient child, 
Jesus went with them back to their home in Nazareth. 

Many years- would pass, while Jesus helped Joseph In 
the carpenter -shop, before He would be baptized by 
John the Baptist and teach about God. "And Jesus in- 
creased in wisdom and stature (size), and in favour 
with God and man." — SKB 



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